Google Play Store Has 30 Fake Minecraft Apps, Be Warned!
A new report from an IT security firm, ESET, reveals that majority of the Minecraft apps available on the Google Play store are malicious.
The first malicious Minecraft app was found in August 2014, the report observes. Afterwards, dozens of new fake Minecraft apps penetrated the Play Store. More alarmingly, these apps were welcomed by the Android users.
According to the statistics provided by ESET, the scareware apps have been downloaded about 3 million times since August 2014. Had they knew that these apps could hijack their phones, they would have preferred avoiding them.
The developers of the fake apps trap users with deceptively modified icon of the real app for Minecraft game, which is considered as the best-selling game of all times. When people start using these fake apps, they begin to see ads suggesting that their devices are infected, and they should pay 4.80 euros (about $5) each week to protect their devices from virus.
“Any user interaction with the application, either clicking the Start, Options and Exit buttons, or clicking on one of the numerous ad banners, will lead to an alert window popping up, saying that the device is infected with a virus and gives the victim the possibility to remove it,” Lukas Stefanko of ESET said.
Most of the users subscribe to these premium rate text messages services to avoid malicious attacks in future. Because the app makes virus-related messages appear as if they were really from Android, people are convincingly embracing such misleading subscription offers.
Although Google has improved security for the Play Store, but overall it is still considered as more vulnerable for malware than its most important competitor iOS.