“During the month, Doctor Web’s malware analysts discovered dozens of malicious apps on Google Play. These included adware Trojans, fake apps used by scammers, information stealers targeting sensitive data, and others,” details a Dr. Web report.
Although most of these applications have already been removed from the online store, they do represent risks for people who have already downloaded them to their smartphones.
What do these types of applications do?
The applications go unnoticed, making the victim see other claims, since they are disguised as photo editing tools, wallpaper galleries, keyboards, or Android themes.
However, not all of these apps camouflage the same type of malware. One of the most frequent is called Joker, this malware is capable of activating subscriptions to premium services without the user’s consent, who realizes this until he sees the service charges in his bank account.
Likewise, malware seeks to steal the Facebook account or other social networks. What these have in common with the previous ones is that they do everything in the background, since through the permissions that are requested and by loading elements via WebView they are able to act in the background.