The Android community has around 2 billion active users each day which makes a great number of people to protect from the innumerable malicious softwares out there. Hackers and virus designers are increasingly aiming at developing harmful data stealing applications which extract user information once downloaded in the phone or tablet. Phishing attacks on Snapchat, and Facebook’s security breach affected a lot of people’s privacy. Android malware such as “Expensive wall”, “Xavier” and “Bank Bot” are commonly found in the infected apps.
HOW DO APPS ON PLAYSTORE INFECT YOUR PHONE?
Hackers and virus developers are still doing things the old school way. Google has stepped and created “Google Play Protect” a security system which scans apps before they can be uploaded on the store. However, there are still many ways in which apps defeat its coding and still make it to the Playstore.
For hackers it is fairly simple. They created adaptive machine learning systems and the apps operate based on them. The virus is encrypted in such a way that the app store security scanner is not able to detect it. A lot of applications include third party downloads. Once the application is installed it redirects the user to a website for additional plug-ins which is basically a coded website which steals user information.
Checkpoint is a company which detects problematic applications. Michael Shaulov, head of cloud security states that, “Google invests a lot of resources in defense, but the popularity of Android and the shift into mobile devices just increases the amount of attacks on the platform, hackers can profile exactly how Google’s detection mechanisms work and then use things like time bombs, obfuscation, and hiding their code to sneak in. They’re not new tricks, but they’re still effective.”
A LIST OF INFECTED APPS ON PLAYSTORE
- Aristotle Music Player
- Galaxygame fighter war
- GPS online phone tracker
- Cora mobile speed booster
- Cora mobile cleaner
- Convert MP3 video converter
- Fingerprint Lockscreen Prank
- Live 3D wallpaper lite
- Prank crack screen
- Galaxy strikeforce game