Security researchers have discovered two malicious apps that have over 1.5 million downloads on Google Play – have you checked your phone?
Android users have been warned about a possible security vulnerability that could result in their personal data being sent to Chinese servers.
Although the malicious applications have been reported to Google Play, they are still available for download.
The two apps are called “File Recovery & Data Recovery” and “File Manager” – and both are produced by the developer Wang.Tom.
The apps collect sensitive and private data from users, including contact lists, connected email accounts and social networks – and send it to Chinese databases.
They also extract the following data: images, audio and video data used in the applications, user location, country code, network provider name and information about your device’s operating system.
Investigators found that the apps hide their home screen icons to make them more difficult to remove from your device.
Android owners are advised to check app reviews before downloading and only purchase apps from reputable developers.
If you have downloaded these dangerous apps, delete them as soon as possible.
Earlier this year, Android users were also warned of four warning signs they should never ignore on their device.
Cyber experts have told The Sun that there are important warning signs to look out for when downloading an app.
Grant, COO of cyber company MIRACL, admitted The sun Four tips for using Android apps safely.
“The number one rule when downloading popular apps from the Google Play Store is to check the number of downloads,” Grant told The Sun.
Verifying permissions requested by applications after download is also critical, Grant said.
Also, read the descriptions — if a description is in poor English, seems bot-like, or is formatted oddly, it’s most likely fake, he said.
Grant warned, “You should also pay careful attention to the developer of the app, especially for financial apps.”
“Make sure the developer is a legitimate financial institution.”
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