If you have an Android device, you might want to read about the newest malware that was found on Google Play Store. This new issue for Android is called FalseGuide malware, which has been found by the security firm Check Point. This new malware could have impacted millions of devices before it was found, and we are going to tell you all about FalseGuide malware and what apps it was found in.
FalseGuide Malware Found in Guide Apps
FalseGuide malware got that name because Check Point has found this malware hidden inside of guide apps. These guide apps were found within Google Play Store, which often times does not happen. A lot of malware does not make it onto Google Play Store, but sometimes there is malware that happens to just fall through the security cracks. These game guides, which contained FalseGuide malware, had the malware hidden in the coding.
Check Point decided to name the malware FalseGuide, given how this malware has only been found in the guide apps on Google Play Store. When you look at the popular games on Android, it makes it pretty easy to get the FalseGuide malware into these guide apps. The hackers know that people will download these guide apps in hopes of helping them through popular games. One thing that FalseGuide malware does that is weird is that it will request the administrator access, which should tip you off that something is wrong. Once the FalseGuide malware is installed and the access is granted, it is very difficult to uninstall at that point.
Once the FalseGuide malware has been installed, the malware will then end up receiving more modules by registering with a topic on the Firebase Cloud Messaging. In terms of the FalseGuide malware, popup advertisements are being shown out of context, which then allows the person operating the malware to make money. These types of situations, also called a botnet, can also be used for DDOS attacks.
Check Point did alert Google after it found the FalseGuide malware, and Google has removed the malware from Google Play Store. The issue is though, that it is hard to really know how many apps and people have been affected by the FalseGuide malware. It is estimated that 45 apps and 2 million people were infected, but that number could really be lower or higher.
The reason why it is hard to know how many people were actually affected is because not everyone who downloaded and installed the FalseGuide malware granted those administrator permissions. If only a small percentage of the people granted the permissions, then the number of people impacted by the malware would be a lot lower.
If you think you were impacted by the FalseGuide malware you can head to Check Point as the security firm has noted which apps the malware was found on. If you have downloaded guide apps on your Android device, then you are more likely to be impacted by this malware as opposed to someone else who has not installed any type of guide apps onto their Android device. As with all apps, you should make sure that the developer and the app is in good standing by checking them out online before you download the app.
You should not be just relying on the app being safe because it is in Google Play Store, and you should not trust the reviews alone either at this point in time. If you were infected with the FalseGuide malware, you should delete the apps immediately that you know the malware could have come from, including all guide apps that you might have installed.