Cybersecurity firm MalwareBytes is alerting more than one million Google Play users to delete four Android apps that present an immediate danger to their privacy.
The research has identified the four infected apps below:
- Bluetooth App Sender
- Bluetooth Auto Connect
- Driver: Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi
- Mobile Transfer: smart switch
What You Need to Know
Initially when users download the apps, everything seems fine. But MalwareBytes says the apps use delayed behavior to trick people.
A couple of days after the app is downloaded it will start showing malicious behavior like opening phishing sites in Chrome.
MalwareBytes attests that not all phishing sites are dangerous. Some are just to produce pay per click but there can be some dangerous ones among them.
On Chrome, for example, an adult content site could open up and then tell users that they’ve been infected, they need to download another app or an update is required.
Some tabs can open in the background without you knowing, even if your phone is locked.
The virus is more serious as MalwareBytes say all the evidence shows it’s more than getting past Google Play Protect detection. This type of malware is known as Trojan HiddenAds.
If you have any of these apps, it has been recommended that you delete them as soon as possible.
Learn more about scams and how to avoid them.
Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.
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