[March 15, 2019]
The IT security researchers at Check Point have discovered a sophisticated malware campaign that has been targeting Android users through Google Play Store on a global level and so far more than 150 million users have fallen prey to it.
Dubbed SimBad by researchers; the malware disguises itself as ads to avoid suspicion and hides behind software development kit (SDK) used for advertising purposes and monetization generation. At the time researchers identified the malware its download count had already reached almost 150 million.
In addition to displaying malicious ads, SimBad is also capable of carrying out phishing attacks by redirecting victims to compromised websites and downloading more malicious applications either from the Play Store or from a remote server.
Cyber Security Tips:
– The full list of malware-infected apps is available here. Users are recommended to uninstall these apps & scan phone with Authenticate AV.