A Large Number of Mobile Malware is Hidden in Cat Applications

Mobile devices are vulnerable to attacks installed by numerous applications. This malicious code is embedded and activated by downloading a free and even private app, but a new report reports that half of the mobile malware is “hidden apps” on the smartphone.

Security company McAfee Mobile Threat report, IHe said cybercriminals are currently using hidden applications to embed malicious code. Figures show that half of the malware is hidden in these applications because they are difficult to detect.

Hackers create malware on mobile devices to an alarming rate. According to a McAfee report, “the total number of detection types of various types of mobile malware was more than 35 million in the fourth quarter of 2019,” this is a frightening increase given that in 2018, they dropped only 10 million detection cases.

In this sense, researchers are warning users about the way they should use their mobile device to avoid the most attacks or download any of these malicious applications.

“There are thousands of applications that actively hide their processes after installation. Of course, it makes it harder to remove people, so they just annoy people with intrusive ads and other things. But he makes money for bad guys, that’s the reality. “McAfee principal investigator Raj Samani told ZDNet.

As security experts say, the main goal of these apps is to raise money for the villains by clicking on annoying ads that appear hidden in these apps. This usually appears when you download free apps from the Google Play Store.

One of the malware mentioned by McAfee experts on their blog is LeifAccess (also known as Shopper):

“It’s an Android-based malware that is spread through social networks, gaming platforms and fraudulent advertising. Once installed, this stealth hides its icon and displays false security alerts, hoping to trick the user into granting access to the malware. ”

This powerful malware is able to gain Android licenses, create user accounts on Google, and even “Automatically download apps from Google Play and publish reviews using the names and email addresses specified on the victim’s device.”

Experts point out that users can protect themselves from attacks from mobile devices by taking into account details such as app comments displayed in the app store, and are even limited to downloading only validated apps.

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Mobile devices are vulnerable to attacks installed by numerous applications. This malicious code is embedded and activated by downloading a free and even private app, but a new report reports that half of the mobile malware is "hidden apps" on the smartphone.

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