There is another malware outbreak that is currently affecting more than 21.1Million Android devices right now and it’s important to take precautions if you’ve not been affected.
Researchers at Check point have uncovered malware dubbed ‘ExpensiveWall‘ and have affected at least 50 apps on Google Play, which were downloaded between 1 million and 4.2 million times before they were removed.
The ExpensiveWall malware was “packed” inside wallpaper apps, which allowed it to escape Google Play’s built-in anti-malware protections.
How Does it work?
The ExpensiveWall malware packed inside an android apps, will ask users for permissions, such as SMS and internet access. If granted, the malware will start sending premium SMS messages and register users for other paid services that don’t exist without the user’s knowledge.
Though granting apps permissions are normal but absolutely abnormal for a wall paper to be asking users for permission for sms or internet access.
How to Avoid Being Infected
Don’t download questionable apps or apps you don’t trust on Google play or outside Google play. Donwload only trusted apps or premium apps.