SQUID GAMES fans should verify that they haven’t downloaded a scam Android app that could secretly steal money from them.
The popularity of the Netflix show has reportedly seen an increase in Squid gaming scams as cybercriminals attempt to take advantage of unsuspecting fans.
According to a discovery by an ESET researcher, an application purported to be intended for Squid Game wallpapers installed the “Joker” malware on Android devices.
The app was available on the Google Play Store along with hundreds of other apps on the Netflix series.
Searcher Lukas Stefanko Reported the issue to Google after catching the app installing malware.
Joker malware is well known and can allow hackers to sign up for expensive services that they can take advantage of.
Anyone downloading the “Squid Game Wallpaper 4K HD” app would have been the victim of an expensive SMS scam.
Hackers have also reportedly used the app as a means of gaining control over devices.
Google has since removed the app from the Play Store.
However, you should check your device if you think you downloaded it before deletion.
Researchers believe the app was downloaded at least 5,000 times before Google removed it.
You should always be careful about what apps you download and what permissions you grant to an app.
Researchers have cautioned against Squid Game apps in particular because they believe criminals will continue to try to profit from the popular franchise.
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