November 21, 2018
Ransomware News: Android Users Hit with Malware
Fraudulent apps on the Google Play store have infected over 500,000 Android users with malware. According to reports, the malware is contained in various driving simulation apps from a single developer. At one point, at least two of these apps were trending in the Google Play, however, Google has now removed them.
Don't install these apps from Google Play - it's malware.
-all together 560,000+ installs
-after launch, hide itself icon
-downloads additional APK and makes user install it (unavailable now)
-2 apps are #Trending
-no legitimate functionality
— Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) November 19, 2018
Of course, the games offer anything but fun, and have bogged down phones and potentially installed additional unwanted software on devices. According to researcher Ivan Stefanko who discovered the vulnerability, Google has not done enough to protect users from threats like these.
As we found in our recent State of the Channel Ransomware Report, ransomware has spread beyond desktop computers. From SaaS applications to mobile devices, the threat of ransomware continues to spread. Therefore, it is important to stay vigilant and up-to-date with cybersecurity best practices. To learn more about the current landscape of cybersecurity and ransomware, check out the full report today.