Google has security tool Google Play protect to check whether its app on play store contain a harmful virus or not. However, some recent reports have revealed that in the past two years Google Play store has seen a huge amount of viruses, which can easily access the user’s phone.
As per the study by antivirus provider Sophos, it has been found that there are more than 20 apps with more than 2 million downloads on the play store which has the virus. This virus allows apps to download files from a hacker controlled-server.
As reported by Manish Kumawat, director at Cryptus Cyber Security Pvt Ltd, said: “These apps include non-description titles like Zombie Killer, Sparkle Flashlight, Table Soccer which more than 1 million downloads since they appeared on the store in 2016. As per the antivirus provider Sophos, it was a year later in March this year, Sparkle Flashlight and 2 other apps were updated to include the malicious Virus that allowed a hacker to access the user’s phone. The other 19 apps were launched in the play store with the background downloader at the start, sometime after June this year.
Google removed these apps during November this year. However, prior to November hackers were using them to serve ads generating clicks to earn money. After these ads are opened, they would run continuously in the background without the knowledge of
Since this virus provides connection to the hacker, it can also be used to force smartphone to run the harmful code. This can ultimately steal a person’s data during the process.
Although Google has deleted these malicious apps from its Google Play store, users who have downloaded it before and still using it can create problems for the user.
Hence, below are the apps which you need to avoid or remove on an immediate basis:
- Sparkle Flashlight
- Snake Attack
- Math Solver
- Shape Sorter
- Tak A Trip
- Join Up
- Zombie Killer
- Space Rocket
- Neon Pong
- Just Flashlight
- Table Soccer
- Cliff Diver
- Box Stack
- Jelly Slice
- AK Blackjack
- Animal Match
- Roulette Mania
It is not sure if removing the apps can solve the issue but this is still a good option and should be done as soon as possible.
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