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These are the 35 Android applications that were stealing data, it’s time to eliminate them

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Some applications changed their name, changed their icon, hid their recent use, and even pretended to be the device’s Settings application to avoid being identified. (Bitdefender)

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.

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This is one of the ways in which cybercriminals Viruses enter devices to steal information or profit from invasive advertising on victims’ cell phones.

Cybercriminals manage to introduce viruses to devices to steal information or profit from invasive advertising on victims' cell phones. (Franziska Gabbert/dpa)
Cybercriminals manage to introduce viruses to devices to steal information or profit from invasive advertising on victims’ cell phones. (Franziska Gabbert/dpa)

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

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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

walls light

Big Emoji – Keyboard 5.0

Fifty Substantiated Walls Four

Seven Elegant Video

Edit Convincing Eight

Edition Eight

Pack Live Walls Fournate

Convincing Momentum Eight Verified

Math Camera

Sixty Effect Camera Video

Twenty Three Theme

Toll Twenty Two

SmartTools Wi-Fi

New Soft Camera

Xmas Art Girls Wallpaper HD

SmartQR creator

Xmas Girls Art Wallpaper

lad secret

ASM-Master

Charging Show

Engine Astrology

Ccylice Colorize

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.

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Google Play applications were infected with banking Trojans that sought to steal information from users. (Trend Micro)
Google Play applications were infected with banking Trojans that sought to steal information from users. (Trend Micro)

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.

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