190 Android applications have been removed by Google after a Russian anti-malware company, Dr.Web discovered malware in these apps and reported it to the management of Google.
The experts indicated that these 190 Android applications are infected with the malware known as Android.Click.95. This malware stays for six hours before actually starting its harmful actions. After six hours, the malware directs the user to a web page that shows fake warning messages. These messages warn the user that his smartphone is working slow and he should install another application to resolve this issue.
The user believes the message and installs the second application. After the installation of the second application, the user is redirected to another web page, which shows another fake warning, this time, the message says, “Your smartphone’s battery is draining very fast, click here to install an app to fix this issue”.
These fraudulent messages continue to appear one after another and the user is always forced to install more applications to resolve the “issues”.
Every time the user installs an app, the hackers receive the interest. Because the applications are actually the advertisements. As soon as the user clicks the installation link, cybercriminals receive some cash online. The hackers are using Android.Click.95 malware to make a financial gain.
Dr.Web revealed that the Android applications that were found infected included the horoscope apps, dream-books, life advice, jokes, and similar other applications. The usernames of the people who uploaded these applications are allnidiv, malnu3a, mulache, Lohari, Kisjhka, and PolkaPola.
McAfee also found a similar malware recently in some of the applications available on the Play Store.
Fortunately, Google has taken an action and removed all the 190 Android applications that were found infected with the malware called Android.Click.95. The company has also banned the accounts of the hackers who uploaded these apps. However, there is a chance that the fraudsters will again upload similar applications from a new account.