October 26, 2021 05:35 GMT
The malicious app was downloaded at least 5,000 times before Google realized it and deleted it from its virtual store.
In the absence of an official video game from the popular series “The Squid Game”, many programmers decided to launch their unofficial apps to capitalize on the success of the Korean series, which turned into the most-watched premiere in Netflix history.
While many of them legally make money from the many advertisements shown in these types of apps, it is still true that some “apps” are straightforward. facades used by cybercriminals to hack cell phones and gain access to the bank accounts of people who download them.
Thus, one of the applications, which was offered in the Play Store – the Android virtual store – and which supposedly offered wallpapers based on the famous series, was in reality a “malware” and hid a horse virus. trojan known as jester, which allowed the pirates access bank accounts of the respective user and use them for SMS services for which expensive subscriptions are paid, warned ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko last week confirmed the fears of fellow cybersecurity expert @ReBensk.
“I would be careful while downloading any unofficial application. And if you are still planning on installing one of them, I would advise you to read the reviews of other people first who might suggest what the app is about, ”Stefanko commented to Forbes.
Once it took, Google proceeded to remove the app. The point is that by then they had already downloaded it 5,000 people, who could have been victims of the virus. While this “app” is no longer available, there are 200 other unofficial apps in the series that experts say are not recommended for download as they could represent the same issue.
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