The discovery was made by Dr. Web, which reported that cybercriminals use the applications to perform commands from the “Firebase Cloud Messaging” module, load advertisements on websites, start a proxy server, and collect personal information.
Some apps have more than 1 million downloads.
One of the most downloaded apps – and still available on the Google Play Store – is Tubebox that promises cash rewards to users who watch premium videos and ads. However, the app does not pay users, claiming a bug has occurred and asking them to keep watching ads so they can get rewarded once the issue is normalized.
In addition to TubeBox, other malicious apps have been located and removed from the Google Store:
- Bluetooth device auto connect (bt auto connect kit)
- Bluetooth & Wi-Fi & USB driver (simple stuff for everyone)
- Volume, music equalizer (bt auto set)
- Fast Cleaner & Cooling Master (Hippo VPN LLC)
the doctor. The web also revealed a number of apps that were masquerading as Russian banks and investment groups. These apps lured users into some strange activities, such as registering accounts and sending apps to collect personal information. Check it out in the image below:
If you have any of these apps installed on your smartphone, the recommendation is to uninstall them as soon as possible.
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