After WannaCry, Judy infects millions of Androids

Judy Malware Has Hidden In Play Store For Over A Year

Judy Malware Has Hidden In Play Store For Over A Year

While that doesn't sound too bad (after all, WannaCry locked users out of their devices altogether), it gets worse: due to the malware's perceived age on the Play Store, around 36.5-million users who downloaded these apps could be at risk. According to the researchers, the auto-clocking adware would use the phones to create fake clicks on online ads so that the creators of the ads could benefit from them.

Also found were several apps containing the malware which had been developed by other developers on Google Play.

Some affected apps had existed on Play Store for several years but they were recently updated.

Numerous apps, 41 in total, have been available for several years and have been downloaded anywhere between 8.5 million and 36.5 million times. However, the apps finding safe harbour on Android's play store for moret than a year does raise some serious questions about the security of the OS.

Last week, the Check Point researchers uncovered a widespread malware campaign on Google's official app store.

So with every click, the hackers receive payment from the website developer, which pays for illegitimate clicks and traffic.

The nefarious nature of the programs went unnoticed in large part, according to Checkpoint, because its malware payload was downloaded from a non-Google server after the programs were installed.

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Kiniwini is the developer that put the Judy games on Google Play Store.

The actual extent of the attack is still being deliberated upon considering that there is a large number of Judy app present in the Play Store.

This incorporates the "JavaScript code, a user-agent string and URLs controlled by the malware author", explains the firm.
The Google-developed operating system is "more open and adaptable", said security software company Sophos. Although the apps that have been directly linked with Judy have been downloaded "between 4.5 million and 18.5 million" times, there is no direct estimate o9f just how many devices have been affected.

Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai has introduced the new Picture-in-picture feature which supports different Google apps such as Google Chrome, YouTube and many other.

A full list of the apps carrying Judy, as well as other information on the malware, can be found on Checkpoint's blog.

The Judy Malware fiasco shows that even Google Play Store tends to miss out on malware at times, as it clearly did in this case. It has been found in 41 apps on the Google Play. These updates usually include patches to help protect your device from the most recent threats.

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