Google recently removed 29 popular Android apps which were Virus infected and contained malware that probably harm your mobile, maybe result into stealing money from your account too.
If you think such vulnerable apps are only found on Android then this news might prove you wrong. Mobile security firm Wandera has discovered 17 apps infected with clickware meant to increase advertising revenue. All of these 17 apps are by Gujarat-based AppAspect Technologies Pvt. Ltd and Apple has removed 15 of these apps.
These apps contained malware that used to open web pages and click on ads in the background.The tech company used to open web pages in their phones without the knowledge of the users and at the same time they earned money by clicking on the advertisement. According to the report, these apps had Clicker Torjan installed, which used to work in online fraud and data leaks.
“The clicker trojan module was discovered in this group of applications is designed to carry out ad fraud-related tasks in the background, such as continuously opening web pages or clicking links without any user interaction,” said Wandera in a blog post.
The objective of most clicker trojans is to generate revenue for the attacker on a pay-per-click basis by inflating website traffic. They can also be used to drain the budget of a competitor by artificially inflating the balance owed to the ad network,” it added.
The iOS apps that you need to immediately uninstall from your iPhone are as below:
- RTO Vehicle Information
- EMI Calculator & Loan Planner
- File Manager – Documents
- Smart GPS Speedometer
- CrickOne – Live Cricket Scores
- Daily Fitness – Yoga Poses
- FM Radio – Internet Radio,
- My Train Info – IRCTC & PNR (not listed under developer profile)
- Around Me Place Finder
- Easy Contacts Backup Manager
- Ramadan Times 2019
- Restaurant Finder – Find Food
- BMI Calculator – BMR Calc
- Dual Accounts
- Video Editor – Mute Video
- Islamic World – Qibla and Smart Video Compressor.
Interestingly, the same developer has 28 apps on Google Play store, however, none of the apps were found to have this ‘clicker’. AppAspect’s Android apps had once been infected in the past and removed from the store.