And document administratorand smart keyboard and a Photo editor These are just three of the 16 Android applications that include malware designed to steal user information, according to reports from the companies SecneurX, Kaspersky and D3Lab.
Although Google reviews the applications before they are available to download on devices through the Play Store, there is always the possibility that one of the thousands that exist manages to infiltrate the store.
Through these malicious apps, hackers steal sensitive information from users who download them. In this case, most of the listings were quickly removed, but at least three are still available to be installed y one of them accumulates more than 50 thousand downloadsnoted on the site Phone Arena.
The cybersecurity specialists who detected these applications pointed out that, in the case of the one that managed to accumulate tens of thousands of downloads, its average rating was 4.8 points and it had 900 reviews, most of them positive. This implies that the cybercriminals who upload the infected apps also create hundreds of positive reviews to camouflage the deception.
According to the reports of the three companies, in most cases these apps are presented as free productivity tools, but once they have been installed on the phone, they are responsible for stealing the user’s information: phone numbers, addresses. email, passwords and even credit card details.
Infected apps on Play Store:
- Document Manager
- Coin track Loan – Online loan (Préstamo online)
- Cool Caller Screen
- PSD Auth Protector
- RGB Emoji Keyboard (Teclado con emojis RGB)
- Camera Translator Pro (Camera Translator Pro)
- Fast PDF Scanner (Fast PDF Scanner)
- Air Balloon Wallpaper
- Colorful Messenger
- Thug Photo Editor (Photo Editor)
- Anime Wallpaper
- Peace SMSHappy Photo Collage
- Original Messenger Pellet Messages
- Smart Keyboard
- Special Photo Editor
- 4K Wallpapers
How to avoid downloading infected apps
On the Kaspersky site, the company specializing in cybersecurity, they share some recommendations to avoid downloading applications with malware:
- Use only official stores, as they are the safest option (Play Store on Android and App Store on iOS)
- Carefully review the reviews of the application in question
- In case you notice unexplained messages or pages that open by themselves after downloading the app, it is recommended to delete it immediately and change all passwords