Some security research has proven that there is an increasing number of Android apps that contain malware that aims to collect personal banking information from users. This data includes the victim’s bank card information, PIN numbers, passwords, and any other information that would help these actors steal from an online banking application.
These apps can also hack text messages and hijack phones, but banking information theft is much more dangerous for the user.
These are apps designed to sneak through Google Play Store security checks, after which they are used to download more powerful and intrusive malware onto the device.
Designed to sneak through Google Play Store security checks, Dropper apps spread more powerful and intrusive malware that can steal money from Android users’ banking apps.
Also, since there is a huge demand for new ways to distribute mobile malware, many hackers claim that their hacking tools can help other cybercriminals spread their malware on the Google Play Store. Late last year, I discovered a company Trend Micro The new DawDropper malicious program.
List of malicious Android apps previously available from the App Store
- Call Recorder APK (com.caduta.aisevsk)
- Rooster VPN (com.vpntool.androidweb)
- Super Cleaner- hyper & smart (com.j2ca.callrecorder)
- Document Scanner – PDF Creator (com.codeword.docscann)
- Universal Saver Pro (com.virtualapps.universalsaver)
- Eagle photo editor (com.techmediapro.photoediting)
- Call recorder pro+ (com.chestudio.callrecorder)
- Extra Cleaner (com.casualplay.leadbro)
- Crypto Utils (com.utilsmycrypto.mainer)
- FixCleaner (com.cleaner.fixgate)
- Just In: Video Motion (com.olivia.openpuremind)
- Lucky Cleaner (com.luckyg.cleaner)
- Simpli Cleaner (com.scando.qukscanner)
- Unicc QR Scanner (com.qrdscannerratedx)
If you discover one of these apps on your Android phone, uninstall it immediately.
Google’s support page is also revealing new policy changes being made to the Play Store that include changes that start on September 30th and that prevent developers from showing full page ads in mobile games installed from the Store if they are not closed after 15 seconds.
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There is an exception if the ad is shared and used to unlock rewards for game players. Unexpected interstitial ads that appear before the loading screen appears, or when a new level is started are also blocked.
Apps that copy icons, logos, designs or other app titles will be banned starting August 31. Also on that date, Google will block some VPN apps. These are applications that use a VPN that sends the user’s internet activity through an encrypted connection that prevents others from seeing what he’s doing. The ban is for VPN apps that use the “VPNService” class (used to create a VPN connection) from tracking user data or redirecting internet traffic for ad “clicks.”
One of the apps that could be affected is the pro-privacy company DuckDuckGo’s “App Tracking Protection” app that creates VPNs to block trackers in other apps.
Also Read: 9 Android Apps That Steal Facebook Password That You Should Beware Of And Delete It Immediately
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