Google removes 13 Android apps containing malware

Image 1 : Google retire 13 applications Android contenant des malwares

560,000 is the number of users potentially affected by this malware hidden in car, motorbike and truck racing simulation games.

Image 1: Google removes 13 Android apps containing malware

560,000is the number of users potentially affected by this malware hidden in games car, motorcycle and truck racing simulation. Finally to be more precise, the games were not. Aside from the icon, nothing other than malware was present in the files. Difficult here to deny the intention to harm.

Image 2: Google removes 13 Android apps containing malware

13 “games” concerned

It is thanks to the insight of Lukas Stefanko, security researcher for Eset, that these 13 applications have been discovered. After launching, they would hide their own icon, download an APK file and have it installed by the user. All 13 share the same model, the same type of icon and, as you might expect, the same author, a certain Luiz O Pinto.

A habit in the Play Store

It is not the first time that the same malware has been detected in a large number of applications. For example, last year, Judy malware in 41 applications had affected 8 to 36 million smartphones Android. In 2017, Google removed a total of 700,000 malicious apps from the Play Store. 2000 per day. A good way to remember that just because an app is in the Play Store does not mean it is safe.