Google Play Store hit by malware infecting millions of Android devices
ExpensiveWall managed to infect 50 apps in the Google Play Store
Google Play Store has suffered another outbreak which managed to bypass anti-malware security measures and has possible infected up to 4.2 million devices.
Check Point's mobile threat research team reported that a malware, dubbed ExpensiveWall, infected 50 apps which was possibly downloaded between 1 million and 4.2 million times before the affected apps were removed.
The strain of malware sends ‘fraudulent premium SMS messages and charges users' accounts for fake services without their knowledge enabling fraudsters to make money." As well as this, the malware is ‘packed' inside wallpaper apps allowing it to bypass security protections and encrypt malicious code.
ExpensiveWall is designed to make money from its victims, it also has the potential to become a spying tool by stealing sensitive data.
ExpensiveWall is a new variant of malware found on Google Play Store earlier this year and now with this outbreak the entire malware line has been downloaded between 5.9 million and 21.1 million times.
Google was notified of the malware and removed the infected apps from the store on 7 August, however despite the apps being removed the apps installed should be manually removed from Android devices.