Google Play: More than 400 malware apps keep you busy




Google Play and malware: this is an eternal theme , then repeatedly to pests sneak into the official store. The creators are creative. In June, there were about information on numerous attempted malware soccer Apps . Recently, it came out that more than 400 apps in the PlayStore were able to misuse infected smartphones. One of the apps, infected with the so-called “DressCode”, was even downloaded between 100,000 to 500,000 times. In the meantime, the application has been removed.

The application was known as “Mod GTA5 for Minecraft PE”. What sounds as senseless as it is harmless, scrambled a pest on the mobile device, which established a stable connection with an attacker-controlled server. This allowed the hackers to bypass various security measures in the network. This was particularly dangerous for company networks, as attacks on internal servers and sensitive data would be possible. In fact, the malware can set up a SOCKS proxy on the infected device. In this way, the smartphone can, for example, become a bot in a larger bot network. This also makes it possible to use DDoS attacks. Through redirected IP addresses, the attackers can of course also use the infected device for counterfeit traffic and fake clicks to generate revenue for themselves.


Google has now removed the apps infected with DressCode, and is aware of the problem. Nevertheless, Android users are not only annoying, but also dangerous that regular plagues continue to eat in the official Play Store. A feeling of security and reliability may not be quite right. Especially since the references to the malware always come from external security specialists, eg Trend Micro or Checkpoint.

So in the end, you should also keep an eye on which apps you download and, in case of doubt, take a closer look at the developer. In this way, much trouble can be avoided.

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