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Be careful if you have any of these 16 Android applications: a malware that already affects more than 20 million users has been detected

McAfee gets serious and alerts Google about 16 applications that, together, accumulate more than 20 million downloads and are distributing malware among their users.

The security company McAfee has alerted about malicious activity in 16 applications that could make Android devices who installed them to see how the battery of the smartphone was drastically reduced while consuming more data than normal. In total they already add more than 20 million downloads.

As for malware, once installed hidden in the app, it downloads an additional code without even realizing it and that encourages you to carry out advertising fraud. In other words, when you had one of the infected applications on your smartphone, they came to you messages via firebase (property of Google) indicating to open web pages in the background and clicking links to increase visits.

Subsequently, the malware imitated the behavior by performing automatic clicks or, in the case of other applications, hidden adware services were running (a form of malware that hides on your device and shows you ads), blasting your battery and data.

“This can cause huge network traffic and consume power without the user being aware of it while generating profit for the threat actor behind this malware”explains McAfee’s SangRyol Ryu.

package name SHA256 Yam downloaded
com.hantor.CozyCamera a84d51b9d7ae675c38e260b293498db071b1dfb08400b4f65ae51bcda94b253e High Speed ​​Camera 10,000,000+
com.james.SmartTaskManager 00c0164d787db2ad6ff4eeebbc0752fcd773e7bf016ea74886da3eeceaefcf76 SmartTaskManager 5,000,000+
kr.caramel.flash_plus b675404c7e835febe7c6c703b238fb23d67e9bd0df1af0d6d2ff5ddf35923fb3 Flash light+ 1,000,000+
com.smh.memocalendar 65794d45aa5c486029593a2d12580746582b47f0725f2f002f0f9c4fd1faf92c 달력메모장 1,000,000+
com.joysoft.wordBook 82723816760f762b18179f3c500c70f210bbad712b0a6dfbfba8d0d77753db8d K-Dictionary 1,000,000+
com.kmshack.BusanBus b252f742b8b7ba2fa7a7aa78206271747bcf046817a553e82bd999dc580beabb BusanBus 1,000,000+
com.candlencom.candleprotest a2447364d1338b73a6272ba8028e2524a8f54897ad5495521e4fab9c0fd4df6d Flash light+ 500,000+
com.movinapp.quicknote a3f484c7aad0c49e50f52d24d3456298e01cd51595c693e0545a7c6c42e460a6 QuickNote 500,000+
com.smartwho.SmartCurrencyConverter a8a744c6aa9443bd5e00f81a504efad3b76841bbb33c40933c2d72423d5da19c Currency Converter 500,000+
com.joysoft.barcode 809752e24aa08f74fce52368c05b082fe2198a291b4c765669b2266105a33c94 joycode 100,000+
com.joysoft.ezdica 262ad45c077902d603d88d3f6a44fced9905df501e529adc8f57a1358b454040 EzDica 100,000+
com.schedulezero.instapp 1caf0f6ca01dd36ba44c9e53879238cb46ebb525cb91f7e6c34275c4490b86d7 Instagram Profile Downloader 100,000+
com.meek.tingboard 78351c605cfd02e1e5066834755d5a57505ce69ca7d5a1995db5f7d5e47c9da1 ez-notes 100,000+
com.candlencom.flashlite 4dd39479dd98124fd126d5abac9d0a751bd942b541b4df40cb70088c3f3d49f8 손전등 1,000+
com.doubleline.calcul 309db11c2977988a1961f8a8dbfc892cf668d7a4c2b52d45d77862adbb1fd3eb 계산기 100+ bf1d8ce2deda2e598ee808ded71c3b804704ab6262ab8e2f2e20e6c89c1b3143 Flash light+ 100+
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As for these 16 applications, which you have above, note that they were related to basic aspects such as the flashlight, the camera, the QR reading and the measurement conversions, something that we all have on our mobiles, although yes, several are of Korean origin. Nevertheless, one of them, located in the top 1 and called High-Speed ​​Camera, has already gathered more than 10 million downloads.

Note that to hide fraudulent behavior, the applications waited about an hour after installation before executing the entire process.

How to know if your smartphone has been hacked

Smartphones, just like laptops and desktops, can be hacked, that much is clear to all of us. However, in the case of smartphones there are some key signs so that you at least suspect that something strange is going on.

1. Yes the performance of your smartphone has been affected recentlyyou can’t load web pages properly or you have to restart your phone to make it work faster, then your device might be hacked

2. If you notice unknown popups (pop-ups) and suspicious while browsing popular websites like Google, Twitter or Facebook, be very careful because it is possible that your phone has been infected with adware.

3. If applications you use daily, such as WhatsApp or Instagram, you see that have started to freeze, become unresponsive, or just shut down without explanationyour device may have run out of memory due to malicious software.

4. On the other hand, suspiciously high data or battery consumption, it means that an infected device is more than likely communicating with a malicious server to download more malware to update itself, or to steal private user data.

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Returning to the previous topic, in a statement a Google spokesman pointed out that all apps reported by McAfee had been removed. Of course, it is quite strange that 20 million installations in total have been sneaked into just 16 applications, if users are supposedly protected with Google Play Protect, which blocks these apps on devices Android.

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