- New security research suggests a slew of malware-loaded apps might be stealing your data.
- These apps aim to steal banking information, PINs, passwords, and more.
- Google plans to deploy a policy of banning long ads and clone apps.
Android users beware! New security research from Trend Micro suggests a slew of malware-loaded dropper apps aims to steal your data, including banking information, PINs, passwords, and more. These apps can also intercept text messages on your mobile phone and make it infected with harmful malware. Such apps that bypass Google’s Play Store security while carrying malware result in a dropper-as-a-service (DaaS) model, thus are called dropper apps. The security researchers at Trend Micro have disclosed a list of 17 such apps that could be installed on your phone and might be stealing your valuable data.
List of dropper apps that can steal your money
Last year Trend Micro found a new dropper version – DawDropper – available on the Google Play Store. Even though Google removed them from the Play Store, these applications may still be on your Android device, and we would advise you to remove them immediately. Here’s the list of those apps:
- Call Recorder APK
- Rooster VPN
- Super Cleaner- hyper & smart
- Document Scanner – PDF Creator
- Universal Saver Pro
- Eagle photo editor
- Call recorder pro+
- Extra Cleaner
- Crypto Utils
- Universal Saver Pro
- Lucky Cleaner
- Just In: Video Motion
- Document Scanner PRO
- Conquer Darkness
- Simpli Cleaner
- Unicc QR Scanner
Google’s policy of banning copycat apps
According to a Google support page apps that clone icons, logos, designs, or titles from other apps will get banned starting August 31st. This also includes VPNs that use the “VPNService” class for tracking user data or redirects to ads to generate “clicks”. But that’s not all that Google plans to do with the ads. The report further says that starting September 30th, Google will prevent developers from broadcasting a full-page ad in mobile games that cannot be closed after 15 seconds and the unexpected ads that appear during/before the loading screen or before a new level starts in mobile games. This, however, won’t be the case with the ads that are used to unlock rewards in the game.