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FalseGuide Malware Hits 2 Million Android Users

Apr 26, 2017

There is a new malware that has been found on Android through Google Play Store. The new malware has been dubbed FalseGuide malware because this malware is found in app guides. If you have an Android device, you might want to continue reading to learn more about the FalseGuide malware and what it could do to your device.

FalseGuide Malware Infected 45 Apps

The biggest news coming out of FalseGuide malware is that it could have impacted 2 million people and 45 different Android apps. These apps were all apps that had been on Google Play Store, according to the security firm Check Point. The apps are all related to app guides, such as guides to help you get through levels. The guides that had FalseGuide malware infected into them were all for popular games that people would be searching for.

Check Point found the FalseGuide malware and alerted Google immediately. Google has since deleted the guides off of Google Play Store that were infected with the FalseGuide malware. The biggest issue is that no one knows really how many apps or Android users might have been infected with the malware. The reason behind that is that with the FalseGuide malware, the user needed to grant administrator permissions for this malware once it was installed.

Out of all of the people who could have possibly installed the guides with the infected coding, not everyone would have granted those permissions. So really it is hard to say how many people exactly have been infected with the malware since only a certain percentage of those with the guides installed would allow for the app to run the permissions. If the person denied the app those permissions, then they would not become infected with the malware.

When it comes to what FalseGuide malware does, it basically will request those administrator privileges and then it will take on mode modules from Firebase Cloud Messaging. Once this happens, the person behind the malware will be able to make money through false popup advertisements. The malware could potentially lead to DDOS attacks as well, so this is malware that could do more than one thing. The hardest part about this malware is that once the user has installed the app on their Android device, it can be very difficult to get rid of. You can manually get rid of the malware, but it is not as easy as you think.

How to Handle FalseGuide Malware

If you run on Android and have downloaded guide apps from Google Play Store, you might be affected by the malware. These apps were ones which fell through the cracks on Google Play Store, which means that they were deemed safe even though they had the malicious code injected into the apps.

If you have downloaded any of these apps from Google Play Store, you should delete them right away. You also possibly might want to run virus and malware checkers. You also should be leery of guide apps because these are the types of apps that would carry various malware because the hackers know people will download them with the hopes of it helping them through a popular game.

Another thing to be leery about is to make sure that you read reviews of both the app developer and the app before you download anything, even from Google Play Store. We have seen that infected apps with good reviews have been on Google Play Store more than once lately, so you cannot just trust the reviews anymore. You also should take steps to never download apps outside of Google Play Store, such as third-party app stores, since those carry the highest risk of malware like FalseGuide Malware and other infectious malware.