The Skinner adware rears its ugly head on Google Play

 
A new member of the ever growing adware-found-on-Google-Play-list has been found. Previous members include Viking Horde, DressCode and CallJam, among many others. The malware, dubbed "Skinner", was embedded inside an app which provides game related features. The app was downloaded by over 10,000 users, and managed to hide on Google Play for over two months. Skinner tracks the user's location and actions, and can execute code from its Command and Control server without the user's permission. The app was removed from the play store after we contacted the Google security team. While Adware are a common threat to users, Skinner displayed new elaborate tactics used to evade detection and ...

CallJam Android Malware Found on Google Play

 
Keeping Android smartphones and tablets safe from malicious apps is a constant battle for enterprises, end users, and for Google. Despite Google’s efforts to prevent cybercriminals from infiltrating Google Play, the Check Point mobile research team has discovered new Android malware there it calls CallJam. CallJam malware includes a premium dialer to generate fraudulent phone calls as well as a rough adnet capable for displaying ads forcibly to its victims. The malware is hidden inside the game “Gems Chest for Clash Royale” which was uploaded to Play in May. Since then, the game has been downloaded between 100,000 and 500,000 times. Check Point notified Google today about the ...

DressCode Android Malware Discovered on Google Play

 
The Check Point mobile threat prevention research team discovered a new Android malware on Google Play, called “DressCode,” which was embedded into more than 40 apps, and found in more than 400 additional apps on third party app stores. Check Point notified Google about the malicious apps, and some have already been removed from Google Play. The oldest apps were uploaded to Google Play on April 2016, where they remained undetected until recently. Some of the apps reached between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads each. Between 500,000 and 2,000,000 users downloaded the malicious apps from Google Play. Figure 1: One of the malicious apps found on Google Play. Similar to Viking ...

Turkish Clicker: Check Point Finds New Malware on Google Play

 
The Check Point research team has discovered an extensive malware campaign on the Google Play™ store. Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention detected the first samples of malware we call “Turkish Clicker” on several customer devices.  The malicious code was found in the apps "Fruit Life," "City HD Wallpapers," and "Adiyef Puzzle." Google has removed all of these apps from Google Play.   Like BrainTest, which Check Point researchers discovered in September 2015, this demonstrates how easy it is for fraudsters to publish malicious apps on official app stores like Google Play. What is Turkish Clicker? This malware is part of an ad network with a Command & Control (C&C) ...