More than two-dozen Android photo-editing and fashion apps in the Google Play Store were found to contain malware, cybersecurity firm Symantec said.
In total, the company uncovered 25 malicious apps in the Play Store, which were downloaded more than 2 million times. Symantec reported the malicious apps to Google on September 2 and all the apps have since been removed. That said, they might still be on your phone. If so, you should delete them as soon as you can.
Symantec said that the 25 apps shared a similar code structure, which could point to a link in between developers of these malicious apps. The majority of the apps in question were photo-editing apps or fashion apps.
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Symantec said that the malware mostly targeted aggressive and frequent advertisements to users within the apps.
In some cases, Symantec said that developers created a malicious copy of a trending app on the Google Play Store to try to get people to download their malware.
This is the third time in a month that serious malware was discovered in Android apps on Google’s official store Earlier this month, 24 malware-infested Android apps were found to be infected with the “Joker” malware on the Google Play Store. The malware was designed to sneakily sign users up for subscription services, ones that they might be charged for over the course of several months before they even realize that they’re subscribed.
In August, a popular scanner app called CamScanner was found to have malware that was capable of executing and downloading additional unwanted files on its own in the background.
Digital Trends reached out to Google to comment on the most recent removal malicious apps, and how the company is being proactive in preventing the spread of malicious apps. We’ll update this story once we hear back.
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