Google Play Store Apps Scam Alert

Android smartphone users should check which apps they have downloaded from the Google Play Store. Research by Eset has found that Cybercriminals have manged to hide malicious software in about 30 apps. They are not super common downloads and so most people will be unaffected, however this software is malware which enables the criminals to send and receive texts from the infected devices, this gives them the ability to bypass bank multi factor identification which relies on sending users texts to confirm transactions and transfers. Google have removed the apps from the store, but they may still be on your device, please see the list of affected apps below.  Malware is a major issue for banks, Ponemon research has shown that in 2017 the average malware attack cost them £1.6 million.

CHECK THE LIST OF APPS AND IF YOU HAVE DOWNLOADED ANY OF THEM THEN FOLLOW THE STEPS TO STAY SAFE

Tips and Advice

  • Check the list below – if you have one or more then follow the next steps.
  • Uninstall – Go to Settings > General > Application manager/apps
  • Protect – your device, install quality anti-virus/mobile protection.
  • Go directly – if someone claims that you owe a debt, then contact the organisation in question to verify, (find their number online, do not use the number the caller gives you).
  • Check – your bank account for suspicious transactions, if you find any contact your bank immediately.
  • Read more – Excellent article by Eset.

List of Apps

 

App name Source
Master Cleaner – CPU Booster bnb.massclean.boost
Super Boost Cleaner cpu.cleanpti.clo
Super Fast Cleaner super.dupclean.com
Daily Horoscope Free – Horoscope Compatibility com.horochart.uk
Phone Booster – Clean Master ghl.phoneboost.com
Ultra Phone Booster ult.boostphone.pb
Free Daily Horoscope Plus – Astrology Online com.dailyhoroscope.free
Phone Power Booster pwr.boost.pro
Master Cleaner – CPU Booster bnm.massclean.boost
Daily Horoscope – Astrological Forecast gmd.horobest.ty
Horoscope 2018 com.horo2018i.up
Meu Horóscopo my.horoscop.br
Boost Your Phone boost.your.phone
Phone Cleaner – Booster, Optimizer phone.boost.glh
Clean Master – Booster Pro bl.masterbooster.pro
Daily Horoscope day.horocom.ww
Daily Horoscope com.dayhoroscope.en
Personal Horoscope horo.glue.zodnow

 

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