Millions of Android Handsets Infected by the ExpensiveWall Malware

21 million users fall victim to second Google Android malware attack

21 million users fall victim to second Google Android malware attack

As attackers found it easy to reinstall the malicious software back into Google's App store, the Silicon Valley Company still have work to do to better secure their system.

Check Point notified Google about the threat last month, and it "promptly removed" the offending apps from the Play store. We've seen the Play Store hit with trojan malware in the past, and now a new variant of an older piece of malware, now called ExpensiveWall, has infected up to 4.2 million devices.

According to the experts, Google has missed some warnings about the malware infection published by users who have downloaded the applications.

The malware, dubbed as the "ultimate spying tool", sends oblivious users fraudulent premium text and charges users' accounts.

The ExpensiveWall malware registers victims to premium services without their knowledge and sends fraudulent premium SMS messages, charging their accounts for fake services.

Check Point Software said it had discovered at least 50 Android applications on the mobile app store tainted with malware created to surreptitiously send fraudulent premium SMS messages and charge users for fake services. It involves sending premium SMS messages without the users' knowledge.

After it is installed and granted the necessary permissions, ExpensiveWall sends data about the infected device to its C&C server, including its location and unique identifiers, such as MAC and IP addresses, IMSI, and IMEI. Before being removed it was already downloaded up to 10,000 times.

In order to improve security Google added to their mobile Play Store an antivirus which is always on in order to protect users from malware by scanning all the apps which have been uploaded to Play Store. Most probably, this time the malicious app has infected more than 5,000 devices before it was removed four days later.

Unlike previous versions of the malware, ExpensiveWall uses an advanced obfuscation technique to evade the anti-malware protections that Google has built into Play, the researchers said.

A few of the apps which were infected with malware are "Lovely Wallpaper", "I Love Filter", "Tool Box Pro,"Horoscope", "Beautiful Camera", "DIY Your Screen", "Wifi Booster", majority being related to either Camera, Photos, Weather, Wallpapers, and Lock Apps".

Until today if you wanted to find an Assistant App you had to go through the discover tab app by app as they were listed in the various categories.

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