If you trust the official Android app store, then you better start changing your mind. As many have been revealed, several applications are available over there that have associated malware or some kind of scheme.
Recently ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko revealed that there are 13 driving simulation games available on the Google Play Store that have malware.
According to the investigator are 13 games that function as driving simulators that are available in the Android application store and which have malware.
According to Lukas Stefanko, these games have been installed more than 560 thousand times and, interestingly, after their installation, the game icon disappears. Still, according to the investigator, the games have no functionality … just malware!
Don’t install these apps from Google Play – it’s malware.
-all together 560,000+ installs
-after launch, hide itself icon
-downloads additional APK and makes user install it (unavailable now)
-2 apps are #Trending
-no legitimate functionality
— Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) November 19, 2018
If you have already installed any of these games, you should expeditiously remove them. To do this simply go to Settings > Application manager, select the app/game and remove. Once again malware, hidden in apps/games, is available in the official Android application store which demonstrates Google’s inability to handle such scenarios.
Android is known to be the most popular mobile operating system in the world and also one of the most exploitative regarding security. According to recent data, the malware for Google’s mobile operating system has been growing significantly and in that sense it is fundamental we are attentive and have our device always safe.