If you are an Android user, then you really need to be careful! Since 2016 onwards, several cases of malware software in the Google Play Store has stirred up a lot of trouble for users.

According to Check Point threat researchers, a strain of malware has been found in more than 40 guide applications for games. According to Check Point, Several of the apps managed to reach more than 50,000 installs, and the total number of infected devices is estimated to reach up to 600,000 devices.

Check Point notified Google about the malware, and it was swiftly removed from the app store. At the beginning of April, two new malicious apps were uploaded to Google Play containing this malware, and Check Point notified Google once again. These infected game guides include Viking Horde and DressCode.

How it Works

The malware uses the admin permission to avoid being deleted by the user, an action which normally suggests a malicious intention. The malware then registers itself to a Firebase Cloud Messaging topic which has the same name as the app. Once subscribed to the topic, FalseGuide can receive messages containing links to additional modules and download them to the infected device.

Precautions you can take

Here are a couple of methods you can use to keep your phone safe:

  1. Install Anti-Virus/Malware Software
  2. Keep Your Anti-Virus Software Up to Date
  3. Keep Your Anti-Virus Software Up to Date
  4. Secure Your Network
  5. Think Before You Click!

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