Android apps on Google Play Store that may secretly steal your money

Ruben Fields
September 24, 2020

These apps were listed on both the Apple App Store for iPhone units and the Google Play Store for Android devices. These seven apps were adware scams that appeared as wallpaper, music or entertainment apps.

Some of the apps are HiddenAds trojans that disguise themself as a safe and useful application but instead serve intrusive ads outside of the app, It's even able to hide the original app icon making it hard for users to identify where the ads are being served from.

Avast classified the apps as HiddenAds trojans. They are useful to the bad actors who collect revenue from serving the ads to victims. The answer is a simple one.

As a result, the Redmond-based software giant is trying to bring all of its apps exactly where its users now are, and this means Microsoft is focusing not only on PCs and mobile devices, but also on the experience behind the wheel. It has also alerted TikTok and Instagram to shut the accounts promoting these apps. The short-form video app, the subject of much drama between the Trump administration and the app's parent company ByteDance, played a pivotal role in the discovery of these apps.

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Avast said the situation was first brought to its attention by a young child from the Czech Republic, who was part of Avast's Be Safe Online project. The report said that after this tip, researchers at Avast found 11 more apps running on both Android and iOS. Once installed they can then begin aggressively displaying ads, or even start charge users between $2-$10. Avast has reported the apps to Apple and Google, and the social media profiles to Instagram and TikTok. Avast also discovered an Instagram profile with over 5,000 followers promoting these apps.

Google has reportedly removed the apps from the Google Play Store. However, the report said that some of these apps are still available on the Apple App Store.

One of the threat analysts at Avast commended the little girl's presence of mind and pointed out that it was particularly concerning that these apps were being promoted on social media platforms that are popular with kids.

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