Squid Game: Do not install this fake Android app, it hides dangerous malware!

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Squid Game has enjoyed tremendous success worldwide since its entry into the Netflix catalogue. More than 140 million Netflix subscribers watched the first season of the South Korean series. The success of the Squid Game quickly spread to playgrounds, where many children imitated the cruel gameplay of the activity series.

At the same time, some pirates are trying to capitalize on Squid Game’s popularity. defrauding internet users. As prominent computer security researcher Lukas Stefanko reported on Twitter, a number of Squid Game-branded Android apps have appeared on the Google Play Store in recent weeks.

Joker malware hides in Squid Game app

“More than 200 Squid Game apps are available on Google Play. Seems like a great way to make money from in-app ads inspired by one of the most popular TV shows without an official game.”He believes in Lukas Stefanko. Concretely, app developers are capitalizing on the excitement of Squid Game to quickly generate ad revenue with apps developed in record time.

In most cases, developers offer: Mini games with sloppy gameplay. Due to the lack of an official game, many Android users downloaded these low-quality apps. “The most downloaded ones reached 1 million installations in 10 days”, emphasizes the computer security researcher. But keep in mind that Netflix has started development on a video game based on Squid Game.

Among these low-quality but innocent apps, there is one whose sole purpose is to defraud Android users: Squid Wallpaper 4K HD. “Running this app on the device may result in malicious ad fraud and/or unsolicited SMS subscriptions”Lukas warns Stefanko.

The app will display malicious and pop-up ads on the screen of its victims’ smartphones. Worse, the app is capable To subscribe the user to paid services via SMS. Hackers slipped Joker malware code, a particularly persistent piece of malware, into the application. Once installed on the phone, the malware goes to a web page that offers paid services. The malware hijacks the confirmation SMS sent by the service, unknowingly subscribing its victims to subscriptions sold at exorbitant prices.

With Stefanko’s warning, Google removed the application from the Play Store. We invite you not to download any applications available in the Google store. Always check comments and reviews before installing an app. As a security measure, we also recommend installing a good antivirus on your Android smartphone.

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