Over half a million Android users have installed an app from the Google Play store and suffered malware attack. Cyber-security researchers have identified the malware and Google has now removed from its official Android app marketplace. Before its removal, the app named-‘Color Message’, was downloaded by more than 500,000 Android users.
Advertised as an app that allowed users to personalize their default SMS messages, Color Message was a front to deliver Joker, one of the most prolific forms of Android malware. the malware simulates clicks in order to generate revenue from malicious ads; subscribes users to unwanted paid premium services to steal money and commit billing fraud; and accesses users’ contact lists and sends the information to attackers.
Read More: zdnet
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