Android Adware Detected In Nearly 200 Apps Available On The Play Store

A number of security experts have recently detected a new type of adware that is currently embedded within hundreds of Android apps that are available online right now. To make matters worse, these apps have been downloaded more than 150 million times from the Google Play Store— thus leading to an increase in the number of fears related to potential crypto theft in the future.

Dubbed ‘SimBad’ by the folks over at security firm Check Point, the malware seems to have affected a total of 200 apps till now. Once downloaded onto a smartphone, the malicious app retreats to the background and stays functional for as long as the phone stays switched on. As part of its coding, the malware “runs through lists of web addresses in the background” and can even be programmed to gradually sieve away its victims hard earned crypto assets.

A complete list of the apps that have been infected by SimBad can be checked out by clicking on the following link. Of the list, some of the most downloaded apps include:

  • Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator (10,000,000 downloads)
  • Hoverboard Racing (5,000,000 downloads)
  • Real Tractor Farming Simulator (5,000,000 downloads)
  • Ambulance Rescue Driving (5,000,000 downloads)
  • Heavy Mountain Bus Simulator 2018 (5,000,000 downloads)

    In relation to the matter, Check Point’s Aviran Hazum was quick to point out that even though the malware was a low-level threat at the moment, it did have the potential to morph into a much larger issue in the near future.

Final Take

Google is yet to release a statement on the matter but it is worth remembering that this is not the first time the multi-national has been forced to remove apps from its “thoroughly vetted” app store. To put things into perspective, last year alone, Google had to remove a total of 700,000 apps from its store due to a number of security-related reasons.

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