In a recently released November security bulletin, Google warns about another major security risk. Several security glitches have been highlighted in this bulletin which could leak of information from Android devices. Six of these security glitches have received a high security rating, they can even remotely exploit the infected smartphones.
The security issue can reveal data that is only accessible to locally installed apps. Some of these flaws can affect the latest Android version while others will affect even the older versions of Android. Malicious apps containing these malwares have been removed from Google’s Play Store.
According to a report by WeLiveSecurity, these apps were installed by almost 30,000 users. The report highlights 29 stealthy Trojans, found in the official Android app store. These malware masquerade as device boosters, cleaners, battery managers, and even horoscope-themed apps. Then there are malicious apps that rely purely on impersonating legitimate financial institutions, displaying login screens.
These apps are remotely controlled Trojans that can target any app found on the infected device. They can even intercept and redirect text messages to bypass SMS-based authentication. Once the hacker exploits the infected device, he can download and install other apps as well.
How do they function?
Once the app is launched, it displays an error on the victim’s device. The error claims that the application is not compatible with your phone and hence it’s been removed. The app is never really removed but it’s hidden on the device memory from victim’s view. The main functionality is hidden even from the activity manager.
How to safeguard your Android device?
If you suspect that you have any of these apps, you can go to application manager and uninstall them. It is advisable to check your bank account for suspicious transactions.
The list of malicious apps
IT firm ESET’s blog WeLiveSecurity has detailed the 29 apps that are infected with malware and these include:
1. Power Manager
2. Astro Plus
3. Master Cleaner – CPU Booster
4. Master Clean – Power Booster
5. Super Boost Cleaner
6. Super Fast Cleaner
7. Daily Horoscope For All Zodiac Signs
8. Daily Horoscope Free – Horoscope Compatibility
9. Phone Booster – Clean Master
10. Speed Cleaner – CPU Cooler
11. Ultra Phone Booster
12. Free Daily Horoscope 2019
13. Free Daily Horoscope Plus – Astrology Online
14. Phone Power Booster
15. Ultra Cleaner – Power Boost
16. Master Cleaner – CPU Booster
17. Daily Horoscope – Astrological Forecast
18. Speed Cleaner – CPU Cooler
19. Horoscope 2018
20. Meu Horóscopo
21. Master Clean – Power Booster
22. Boost Your Phone
23. Phone Cleaner – Booster, Optimizer
24. Clean Master Pro Booster 2018
25. Clean Master – Booster Pro
26. BoostFX. Android cleaner
27. Daily Horoscope (day.horocom.ww)
28. Daily Horoscope (com.dayhoroscope.en)
29. Personal Horoscope