A unsafe virus has attacked Google Play

A unsafe virus has attacked Google Play

After discovering the infection, Google had to remove 50 malicious applications from its official Play Store.

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Check Point notified Google about the threat last month, and it "promptly removed" the offending apps from the Play store. If a user downloads the malware, it requests permissions commonly associated with other applications such as permission for Internet access and SMS permissions.

It's been hardly a week since the Xafecopy malware - which used to steal money on the mobile phone - was detected in Google Play store, and a new malware dubbed ExpensiveWall has already been been uncovered.

The ExpensiveWall malware registers victims to premium services without their knowledge and sends fraudulent premium SMS messages, charging their accounts for fake services.

One of the infected apps.

After it is installed and granted the necessary permissions, ExpensiveWall sends data about the infected device to its C&C server, including its location and unique identifiers, such as MAC and IP addresses, IMSI, and IMEI.

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What makes ExpensiveWall different and more unsafe than its other family members is that it is "Packed" - with an advanced obfuscation technique used by malware creators to encrypt malicious code.

Cape Town - If you have an Android handset, your cellphone is likely to have been affected by malware on Google Play Store.

The malware family uses a common obfuscation technique known as packing that enables apps to hide their maliciousness from Google's scanners by compressing or encrypting the executable file before it's uploaded to Play Store.

This is by far not the first time that security researchers have found malware-laden applications on Google Play, which is widely regarded as the safest source for Android applications.

The entire malware family is believed to have been downloaded as many as 21.1 million times.

Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault, said: "With so much money being flushed into mobile phones and the technology that surrounds them, it's no surprise criminals are targeting their malware efforts in this direction".

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