According to a research by the security firm Checkpoint, a new malware is in the market named as Judy and has infected up to 36.5 million Android devices. Developed by Korea-based company Kiniwini and published under the moniker ENISTUDIO Corp, this auto clicking malware is found on 41 applications in the Google Play store and has been in the Google Play for more than a year.
"The malware uses infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the perpetrators behind it." says Checkpoint.
When a user downloads the application from Google Play Store embedded with Judy, it makes the device hostile and starts to make fake advertisement clicks to generate money for the application developers.
When Checkpoint informed this malware threat to Google, the infecting applications were swiftly removed, but not after the malicious apps reached between 4.5 million and 18.5 million downloads.
Malware Judy is compared with previous malware which infiltrated Google Play, such as FalseGuide and Skinner.
Judy affects your device when hackers make a seemingly harmless app to bypass Bouncer, Google Play’s protection and then get published in the Play Store. When a user downloads the app, it becomes infected and acts as a bridge between the targeted user and the malicious content.
Judy is possibly one of the largest malware campaigns found on Google Play Store and the number of devices infected are still unknown. The checkpoint is of the view that, users can't rely on official app stores and recommends to implement advanced security protections capable of detecting and blocking mobile malware.
The auto clicking malware 'Judy' hits upto 36.5 million android devices generating fraudulent revenue for hackers.
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