A total of 35 applications were identified as malicious in Google Play Store because, once installed, they execute a series of commands that allow them to go unnoticed in mobile devicessas warned by Bitdefender, a company dedicated to cybersecurity.
Among the ways these apps use to go unnoticed is the change of name, icon or hide their recent use. Some even impersonate the device’s Settings app to avoid being identified.
This is one of the ways in which cybercriminals Viruses enter devices to steal information or profit from invasive advertising on victims’ cell phones.
However, these applications that managed to circumvent the security measures of Play Storecould be detected by the use of a behavioral technology from Bitdefender.
They offered bogus features
Of the set of these malicious applications, it was found that several of them appeared to offer the functions GPS, camera, battery management, among others that, after being installed and camouflaged on the device, displayed advertising or could serve as access to other types of ‘malware’.
Other apps were reportedly capable of sending notifications in the foreground to stay active longer continuously.
The list of applications that were detected with this type of malicious behavior on Android devices are:
Heelectron Soft Forty
Convenient Soft Fifty Real Three Border
Blind Thirty Funkey Four
Personality Charging Show
Image Warp Camera
Animated Sticker Master
GPS Location Finder
Big Emoji – Keyboard 5.0
Fifty Substantiated Walls Four
Seven Elegant Video
Edit Convincing Eight
Pack Live Walls Fournate
Convincing Momentum Eight Verified
Sixty Effect Camera Video
Twenty Three Theme
Toll Twenty Two
New Soft Camera
Xmas Art Girls Wallpaper HD
Xmas Girls Art Wallpaper
Sixty Creative Cyber Magic Elegant Two
The remaining apps were identified by download package name.
Other similar apps on Play Store
This is not the first time that the Google Play Store is facing some applications that violate its security system and the Play Protect integrated in its store, which should prevent the download of ‘apps’ that could harm the cybersecurity of users.
At the beginning of August 2022, TrendMicroanother cybersecurity company, warned Android users to avoid downloading a total of 17 applications which, as reported, were responsible for stealing bank details from people who installed them on their phones after having downloaded them from the Play Store.
The list of these applications was made up of Just In: Video Motion, Document Scanner Pro, Conquer Darkness, Simpli Cleaner, Unicc QR Scanner, Call Recorder, Call Recorder pro +, Rooster VPN, Super Cleaner, Universal Saver Pro, Eagle photo edit, Extra Cleaner, Crypto Utils, Fix Cleaner, Lucky Cleaner.
Therefore, to avoid being victims of cybercriminalsusers should be sure that the applications they want to download are absolutely necessary, in addition to purchasing antivirus software that allows them to strengthen the security of their devices during downloads.