21 million users fall victim to second Google Android malware attack

21 million users fall victim to second Google Android malware attack

Google Fights 2nd Biggest Malware Outbreak Ever; Make Sure You Don't Have ANY of These Apps Installed on Your

It's been hardly a week since the Xafecopy malware - which used to steal money on the mobile phone - was detected in Google Play store, and a new malware dubbed ExpensiveWall has already been been uncovered.

The second malware attack for Android devices this year, could there be more on the way?

This month there's been a malware outbreak on Android due to infected apps which were found in Google Play Store.

The malware known as ExpensiveWall, which has affected apps that have been downloaded by millions of users, uses excessive permissions to sign users up for premium services without their knowledge.

Altogether, the malware family could have been downloaded over 21 million times.

It's unclear how much revenue attackers managed to generate from this particular family. After that, the ExpensiveWall malware sends back to the C&C server handset information, including its location, MAC and IP addresses, IMSI, and IMEI numbers.

Malik said: "Because of the increased level of sophistication shown by today's cyber attackers, app stores need to constantly seek out new and improved ways to step up their security efforts and collaborate closer with security researchers".

According to researchers from Check Point, ExpensiveWall was able to make its way onto Google's App Store using encryption to blind the system from its code.

"Since the malware is capable of operating silently, all of this illicit activity takes place without the victim's knowledge, turning it into the ultimate spying tool."
At this point, it looks like developers weren't aware if they were including malicious behavior in their apps. "Most users grant these permissions without thinking, especially when installing an app from a trustworthy source such as Google Play". You can also navigate to it via the hamburger menu in the Home App and then the Explore tab. One of the infected apps received a huge number of negative feedback by outraged users who spotted the malicious behavior. Head over to Check Point's blog post and scroll down to the chart at the bottom to see the full list of infected apps.

A few of the apps which were infected with malware are "Lovely Wallpaper", "I Love Filter", "Tool Box Pro,"Horoscope", "Beautiful Camera", "DIY Your Screen", "Wifi Booster", majority being related to either Camera, Photos, Weather, Wallpapers, and Lock Apps".

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