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People Have Been Downloading An Android Malware From The Google Playstore

Have you been downloading an android malware from the Google playstore?

People are always advised to download apps only from authentic app stores including the Google Play Store, Apple App Store. However, there are times when malware hides behind an authentic looking app to con users.

It was recently discovered that Android Malware existed as an app on Google Play Store. The app called Flixonline, which was downloadable through the Play store, allowed users to watch global Netflix content free of cost. The fake app was downloaded hundreds of times before it was finally removed by Google.

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Was not available on android.

As per Check Point Research, the FlixOnline app was available on Google Play Store for download. This was an Android malware that promised to offer access to Netflix Global content.

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But once downloaded, the malware could spread itself via mobile users’ WhatsApp conversations. The fake app could also send malicious content via automated replies to incoming WhatsApp messages.

Used by cyber criminals.

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Contrary to what the fake app claimed, the FlixOnline was used by cybercriminals to monitor the users’ WhatsApp notifications and to send automatic replies to the incoming messages using content that it receives from a remote command and control (C&C) server.

The researchers at Check Point research discovered that the message that was sent to lure users, read:

“2 Months of Netflix Premium Free at no cost For REASON OF QUARANTINE (CORONA VIRUS)* Get 2 Months of Netflix Premium Free anywhere in the world for 60 days. Get it now HERE https://bit[.]ly/3bDmzUw.”

The link which was added below the message was designed to gain complete access to a user’s WhatsApp account if clicked. The report states that the link could steal users data from WhatsApp account, spread further malware via malicious links. In grave cases, the cybercriminals could also extort users by threatening to send sensitive WhatsApp data or conversations to all of their contacts.

How to keep your WhatsApp safe.

Vanessa Waithera
Vanessa Waithera
Vanessa Waithera is a young writer from Daystar University. She has been a writer for 7 years and enjoys it as a hobby and passion. During her free time she enjoys nature walks, discoveries ,reading and takes pleasure in new challenges and experiences. Contact: [email protected]

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