As an anti-malware software on Google Play Store, 6 Apps has stolen the sensitive data of around 15,000 Android users. Google has permanently removed the apps from the Play Store after the breach was identified. This has been said in the report of Check Point Research. Three researchers have discovered that hackers used Sharkbot Android Stealer software in an anti-virus application to steal users’ passwords, bank details and other personal information. All the apps have been downloaded more than 15000 times on the Play Store.
What did the report say?
According to the report of Checkpoint, ‘This malware implements geofencing feature and piracy technology, which differentiates it from the rest of the malware. It also uses something called Domain Generation Algorithm (DGA), which is rarely used in the world of Android malware.
This app stole personal data of users on Google Play Store
6 anti-virus malware apps infected more than 15000 users with Sharkbot Android malware, which steals credentials and banking information, and around 1000 IP addresses of infected devices were discovered during the search. Most of the victims were from Italy and the United Kingdom.
These 6 apps have been removed from the Google Play Store
These are the six apps that have been removed from the Google Play Store. The report states that “sharkbots do not target every potential victim, but only some that use geo-fencing to identify and ignore users from China, India, Romania, Russia, Ukraine or Belarus.” target users. As soon as the app is installed, the essential items are filled from the people in the identity card entry form. As soon as users enter the credentials, the data is transferred to the hackers.