Is your text read by strangers? Nearly 200 Android apps arrested for spying

CYBER security researchers have unearthed nearly 200 cunning Android apps that spy on their users.

Invasive downloads give hackers access to people’s text messages and location data and have been downloaded more than nine million times.

Hackers are turning dodgy apps into games to attack unintentional victims


Hackers are turning dodgy apps into games to attack unintentional victimsCredit: Alamy

According to a report from experts at software corporation Dr. Russian Web Anti-virus, these apps were found on the App Library of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

The researchers removed them from the store, which is used by 530 million people, after the team contacted Huawei, the researchers Written on Tuesday.

However, if you have downloaded it, it may still work on your device.

These apps are what cyber organizations call “trojans” – malicious software disguised as regular applications.

When the app is installed by an unwitting victim, it releases malware on their device that can steal data or even take control of the handset.

Trojan applications detected by Web site of Dr.

These include simulators, camcorders, archery, strategy and shooter games.

Once on the smartphone, the apps requested permission to “make and manage phone calls” before they could be launched.

Accepting the request gave the malware access to your phone number, text messages, GPS coordinates, and more.

At first glance, mobile phone number leakage may seem like a trivial problem, the researchers write.

“However, in practice, it can cause serious harm to users, especially when children are the main target audience of the game.”

190 infected Android apps were installed about 9.3 million times.

The three criminals with the highest number of installs are Hurry and Hide (2 million), Cat Adventures (427,000) and Drive School Simulator (142,000).

You can see the full list of dodgy downloads here.

If they are on your phone, you need to uninstall them as soon as possible.

To avoid trojans, experts recommend downloading apps only from well-known and trusted publishers.

It is also key to keeping your mobile software up to date. Downloading anti-virus software is another way to protect yourself from malware.

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Caroline Bleakley

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