Twenty-eight new apps containing malware have been discovered on the Google Play Store, and in total, they have been downloaded and installed more than 10 million times. The Dr. Web team discovered these apps that claimed on the surface to offer photo editing features, wallpapers or themes for various apps or keyboards, but in the background they were simply subscribing users to services for a fee or stealing social media account data or displaying ads.
“Malicious” apps were disguised as photo editing or Android interface customization apps
All of the apps identified had unusual behaviour in that they asked for permission to run in the background all the time, even though the type of app they were part of had no real reason to do so. Some of them were even trying to hide themselves by removing the icon from the menu or renaming it to a system application that you would not normally delete.
Dr. Web has published a list of these dangerous apps. If you have downloaded any of the list or still have them installed, the recommendation is to delete them and scan your phone with antivirus software.
- 4K Wallpapers Auto Changer
- Call Skins – Caller Themes
- CallMe Phone Themes
- Caller Theme
- Caller Theme
- Cashe Cleaner
- Emoji Keyboard: Stickers & GIFs
- Fancy Charging
- FastCleaner: Cashe Cleaner
- Funny Caller
- Funny Wallpapers – Live Screen
- InCall: Contact Background
- MyCall – Call Personalization
- Neon Theme – Android Keyboard
- Neon Theme Keyboard
- NewScrean: 4D Wallpapers
- Notes – reminders and lists
- Photo & Exif Editor
- Photo Editor & Background Eraser
- Photo Editor – Design Maker
- Photo Editor – Effects Filters
- Photo Editor: Blur Image
- Photo Editor: Cut, Paste
- Photo Editor: Art Filters
- Photo Editor: Beauty Filter
- Photo Editor: Retouch & Cutout
- Photo Filters & Effects
- Stock Wallpapers & Backgrounds
Google has already removed most of these apps from the Play Store, but some may still be listed.