Recently, 2 Apps which was detected of having malware was removed from the Google Play store. The malware (Ztorg) has the ability to steal contact information, track location and obtain bank details from whatsoever Android device it was installed on, hence, posing a cyber threat to many who had already downloaded these apps.
The 2 Android-based apps which was infected by malware, has a download record of more than 60,000 collectively, so you can imagine the amount of infected devices already. They were removed from Google Play Store after cybersecurity experts discovered some malicious code inside of them.
2 Android-based Apps Infected By “Ztorg” Currently Removed From Google Play Store
- Magic Browser
- Noise Director
The Magic Browser was downloaded by more than 50,000 users into their various Android devices while the Noise Director have a download record of more than 10.000 users. Both of these Android-based apps contained Ztorg. Ztorg is a type of Trojan that has bypassed Google’s malicious software detector up to a hundred times since September 2016.
Ztorg has the ability to steal personal contacts and photos, track location, record keystrokes and passwords, access text messages, send messages to phone numbers without users permission, and the worst of them all, obtain personal banking and financial data.
According to reports gotten from Kaspersky Lab (a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm) on Tuesday, various versions of Ztorg have targeted Android smartphone owners in the past.
In their words,
This isn’t the first time cybercriminals distributed Ztorg modules through Google Play,” the company said. “In April, they uploaded a module that can click on Google Play Store app buttons to install or even buy promoted apps.
In May 2017, researchers discovered that “Privacy Lock”, a Ztorg-infected app had been downloaded more than one million times. In addition, an infected “Pokemon Go” guide was downloaded more than 500,000 times in September 2016. Both apps were detected and removed from the Google Play Store.
Malware which targets Android users are on the increase as the day go by, this is because the operating system is more open and adaptable, which makes it a little bit easier to hack.
Android-infected apps are becoming more problematic to Android developers and users at large. As from 2016, there is an estimated records of 1.3 to 1.4 billion Android users worldwide.
Android users should therefore, avoid downloading and installing apps from unknown sources even if they are found on the Google Play Store. You can take your time to first of all read user reviews, you will discover that apps having suspicious behaviour will often have low ratings.
Keeping the software of your Android device updated and also installing security apps is also a nice step to protect against unwanted infections such as that of Ztorg.