Once again at the end of July we see another wave of Play Store apps full of malware: after the latest report of the apps infected by Autolycos, cybersecurity experts have highlighted a long list of dangerous apps installed almost 10 million times on the green robot’s mobile devices.
The discovery of these applications was made by Dr. Web’s antivirus team, which published a report and reported the dangerous content to Google, resulting in almost immediate removal of the entire list. Most of the apps were born last May as a variant of other similar apps, with the aim of spread adware and malware more on Android smartphones.
How does the infection work? Quite simply, certain permissions are requested during installation that allow apps to continue running in the background even when they are closed, and also to obtain sensitive information such as call history, messages and so on. Furthermore, they hide their icons from the drawer or replace them with apparent system components such as SIM Toolkit.
Among the most downloaded apps we find first of all Neon Theme Keyboard, which has over a million downloads despite the numerous negative reviews. From one of them we read that a user had to do the factory reset to save your phone from the virus. Or again, we find nice photo editing apps like “YouToon – AI Cartoon Effect” and “Pista – Cartoon Photo Effect”, downloaded for more than 1.5 million times in all.
The complete list of infected applicationshowever, it is as follows, and we recommend uninstalling them as soon as possible and scanning with an antivirus to eliminate all traces of malware:
- Photo Editor: Beauty Filter (gb.artfilter.tenvarnist)
- Photo editor: retouching and cropping (de.nineergysh.quickarttwo)
- Photo Editor: Art Filters (gb.painnt.moonlightingnine)
- Photo editor and Exif (de.xnano.photoexifeditornine)
- Photo Editor – Design Maker (gb.twentynine.redaktoridea)
- Photo editor and background eraser (de.photoground.twentysixshot)
- Photo Editor – Filter Effects (de.hitopgop.sixtyeightgx)
- Filters and photo effects (de.sixtyonecollice.cameraroll)
- Photo Editor: Blurred Image (de.instgang.fiftyggfife)
- Photo Editor: Cut, Paste (de.fiftyninecamera.rollredactor)
- Emoji keyboard: stickers and GIFs (gb.crazykey.sevenboard)
- Neon themed keyboard (com.neonthemekeyboard.app)
- Neon Theme – Android Keyboard (com.androidneonkeyboard.app)
- Cashe Cleaner (com.cachecleanereasytool.app)
- Fantasy refill (com.fancyanimatedbattery.app)
- FastCleaner: Cashe Cleaner (com.fastcleanercashecleaner.app)
- Call Skins – Caller Themes (com.rockskinthemes.app)
- Funny caller (com.funnycallercustomtheme.app)
- CallMe Phone Themes (com.callercallwallpaper.app)
- InCall: contacts background (com.mycallcustomcallscrean.app)
- MyCall – Call Customization (com.mycallcallpersonalization.app)
- Caller Theme (com.caller.theme.slow)
- Caller Theme (com.callertheme.firstref)
- Funny Wallpapers – Live Screen (com.funnywallpapaerslive.app)
- 4K automatic wallpaper change (de.andromo.ssfiftylivesixcc)
- NewScrean: 4D Wallpapers (com.newscrean4dwallpapers.app)
- Stock wallpapers and backgrounds (de.stockighty.onewallpapers)
- Notes – reminders and lists (com.notesreminderslists.app)
In conclusion, let’s answer a rather common question: should an antivirus be used on Android?