Fake Minecraft Apps Scare Thousands On Google Play

Fake Minecraft Apps Scare Thousands On Google Play

Playing Minecraft? Don't touch the cheats on Google play... Or did you?

Researchers at security firm ESET have discovered 33 malicious apps, which pretended to be cheats for the popular Minecraft game, in Google Play store. These malware applications have been installed by more than 600,000 Android users, according to the researchers.

When a user installs any of these applications, it will display banners and advertisements that says the device is infected with a "dangerous virus" and directs users to an alleged solution -- remove viruses by activating a premium-rate SMS subscription that costs 4.80 EUR per week.

Of course, it's not easy to put malicious apps on Google play, especially when the "Bouncer" (Google’s automated application scanner) is there to remove rouge apps. But somehow the hackers bypassed that scanning process. 

"All of the identified scareware apps behaved in a similar way, the only differences being in the names and icons of the applications. They were uploaded to the Play store by different developer accounts, but we assume that these were all created by one person, "ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko said in a blog post.
ESET security software detects this threat as Android/FakeApp.AL
Google was alerted of the malicious apps and took them all down.

ESET recommends the following security tips:

1. Stick with official stores
2. Beware of discounts and early releases
3. Read reviews
4. Check app permissions

If you want to block applications from accessing your private data, read this article: Xprivacy- A Must Have App For Hackers

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