At least eight Android apps with nearly 3 million downloads were found to contain fee-fraud malware.
According to TechUnwrapper, after the Revive or BRATA malware – one of the malware dangerous in the world, Android users are faced with new malware hidden in some apps of the Google Play Store. Dubbed “Autolycos”, the malware has just been discovered by security researcher Maxime Ingrao at Evina.
Currently, the researcher has found at least 8 apps that are available on the Play Store and have been downloaded a total of nearly 3 million times. Some of these malicious apps have since been removed, but two are still available for download from the Play Store.
Autolycos’ goal is to force users to subscribe to premium services. This is how malware works and was warned that their main target is Google’s Android operating system. It often uses an infected device to connect to the payment pages of paid services and forces users to subscribe to paid content, resulting in a large loss of users’ money.
Of the eight apps that contained the Autolycos malware, two are still available on the Play Store, including Razer Keyboard & Theme by xcheldiolola and Funny Camera by KellyTech. Both have been downloaded a total of 550,000 times.
In addition, other malicious applications detected include:
- Vlog Star Video Editor (com.vlog.star.video.editor) – 1 million installs
- Creative 3D Launcher (app.launcher.creative3d) – 1 million installs
- Wow Beauty Camera (com.wowbeauty.camera) – 100,000 installs
- Gif Emoji Keyboard (com.gif.emoji.keyboard) – 100,000 installs
- Freeglow Camera 1.0.0 (com.glow.camera.open) – 5,000 installs
- Coco Camera v1.1 (com.toomore.cool.camera) – 1,000 installs
If you have one of these apps on your Android, you are advised to uninstall it as soon as possible.