Android smartphone users have been put on red alert over an app available for download from the Google Play Store. Security experts are warning Android users of an unofficial application for Netflix’s Megahit Squid Game, which is being used to spread dangerous malware. Lukas Stefanko, malware researcher at ESET, has sounded the alarm.
This dangerous software, which was first spotted in 2019, is a common tool that cybercriminals use for attacks. It is capable of signing up Android users for expensive subscription services without them even realizing it, which can cause them to lose their pocket. Android Joker malware can also spy on a victim’s SMS, data and contact list.
Alerting Android users to the security threat in a Twitter post earlier this week, Stefanko wrote, “Android Joker-themed Squid Game.” The ESET researcher added, “Running this app on the device may lead to malicious ad scams and / or unwanted SMS subscription actions.”
The ‘Squid Game Wallpaper 4k HD’ app was downloaded over 5,000 times from the Google Play Store before being removed. However, if you managed to download the app before it got deleted, make sure to delete it from your Android device as soon as possible.
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Despite the removal of this offending app, Stefanko said that over 200 apps related to the game Squid are still available on the Google Play Store.
One of these apps, based on the game Red Light Green Light featured in the first episode of Squid Game, has been installed over a million times, despite having basic gameplay.
Stefanko said that this particular app is by no means malicious and that the Squid Game burst of apps on the Play Store appears to be a way to generate quick ad revenue.
Stefanko wrote: “Over 200 apps related to #SquidGame are available on Google Play
“Seems like a great opportunity to make money on in-app ads for one of the most popular TV shows without an official game. The most downloaded of them reached 1 million installs. in 10 days. His game is not so well managed. “
Given that Netflix is launching into the game and Squid Game is the streaming service’s biggest show at launch of all time, it might not be too long before an official Squid Game app launches.
In the meantime, watch out for apps you download from the Google Play Store, and be especially wary of apps with low install rates or programs created by little-known developers that you haven’t heard of.