There are many apps available on Google’s Play Store. There are all kinds of apps in the list which can be used for some work or the other. People download apps from Google Play Store according to their convenience, and in view of this, some developers also list fake apps on Play Store which steals people’s data. Meanwhile, news has been received that Google has removed some Sharkbot Bank Stealer malware from its Play Store. There were 6 apps in the list of affected apps, which had been downloaded more than 15,000 times.
According to the report, these 6 apps used to work on antivirus solution for Android smartphones, and later it was found that they were collecting personal details of people, such as login information. It has been told that these apps are targeting users in Italy and UK.
check point Research Blogs According to the information received from the post, some apps on the Google Play Store were appearing as genuine antivirus apps, and people were downloading them. But Sharkbot is an Android stealer, which is used to infect devices and steal login credentials and payment details from users.
These apps also got deleted
Google has recently banned dozens of apps from the Play Store. These apps were secretly stealing users’ phone numbers and other important data. Some of the banned apps include ‘Muslim Prayer App’ which was downloaded more than 10 million times. A barcode scanning app and a highway speed trap detection app have also been found in it. Data-scraping code found in QR code scanning app. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the apps that have now been banned from the Google Play Store were collecting location information, email and phone numbers, nearby devices and passwords.
Research has also shown that an SDK developed by Measurement System SDRL can also scan for WhatsApp downloads. The company is tied to a Virginia defense contractor that it reportedly paid users to develop to include its code in its app to extract data.