Beware! Google bans 136 DANGEROUS apps on Play Store; delete from your phone

    Google bans 136 apps on Play Store: Beware, indeed as you will lose money! Google has just banned these 136 apps. You must delete them from your phone. Check full list of these banned apps on Google Play Store. Google banned apps list includes Handy Translator Pro, Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker, Geospot: GPS Location Tracker, iCare – Find Location, My Chat Translator.
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on Oct 01 2021, 11:32 PM IST
    Google bans 136 apps on Play Store: Security firm Zimperium caught these apps stealing. These apps had malware called Grifthorse Android Trojan and they were robbing people of huge amounts of money. You probably have some of these apps on your phone, check the list of apps and Delete them immediately.
    Google bans 136 apps on Play Store: Security firm Zimperium caught these apps stealing. These apps had malware called Grifthorse Android Trojan and they were robbing people of huge amounts of money. You probably have some of these apps on your phone, check the list of apps and Delete them immediately.
    Google bans 136 apps on Play Store: Security firm Zimperium caught these apps stealing. These apps had malware called Grifthorse Android Trojan and they were robbing people of huge amounts of money. You probably have some of these apps on your phone, check the list of apps and Delete them immediately.
    Google bans 136 apps on Play Store: Security firm Zimperium caught these apps stealing. These apps had malware called Grifthorse Android Trojan and they were robbing people of huge amounts of money. You probably have some of these apps on your phone, check the list of apps and Delete them immediately.

    Google bans 136 apps: Beware, your money is being stolen from you via your phone! Now, it is up to you to stop the hackers. Security experts at Zimperium have detailed another malware that has stolen millions of dollars from Android smartphone users across the globe. The dangerous part is that these apps are probably on your phone and may well be stealing your money. Check the list of these apps found on Google Play Store and delete them immediately. 

    After a complaint was registered, action was taken and Google slapped a ban on all 136 apps. However, users must act fast too as Grifthorse Android Trojan is unique! Google banned apps list includes Handy Translator Pro, Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker, Geospot: GPS Location Tracker, iCare – Find Location, My Chat Translator

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    What makes Grifthorse Android Trojan unique? Security researchers at Zimperium zLabs recently discovered an aggressive mobile premium services campaign named Grifthorse Android Trojan that has targeted over 10 million Google Android users globally. Researchers say that while ordinary online scams take advantage of phishing techniques, Grifthorse Android Trojan is unique in that it is hidden behind malicious Android applications acting as Trojans, which allows it to take advantage of user interactions for increased spread and infection.

    What makes them even more special is that these malicious Android applications appear harmless when looking at the store description and requested permissions, “but this false sense of confidence changes when users get charged month over month for the premium service they get subscribed to without their knowledge and consent,” the security research firm wrote in a blog post.

    A deep analysis of the Grifthorse Android Trojan suggests that the threat group has been running this campaign since November 2020. And while these malicious applications were initially distributed via both Google Play Store and third-party application stores, they have been removed from the Play Store since Zimperium zLabs reported its findings to Google.

    However, while Google Play Store may have banned these apps, that does not mean users GriftHorse malware-powered malicious apps are gone. They are still available on unsecured third-party app stores. Even more troubling, they may be hidden inside some innocent apps that you may have downloaeded. That means you have to find them and delete them from your own phone.

    What is Grifthorse Android Trojan and how does it work?

    Zimperium zLabs explains that it poses a threat to all Android devices by functioning as a Trojan that subscribes unsuspecting users to paid services, charging a premium amounting to around 36 Euros per month.

    The campaign has targeted millions of users from over 70 countries by serving selective malicious pages to users based on the geo-location of their IP address with the local language. Upon infection, the victim is bombarded with alerts on the screen letting them know they had won a prize and needed to claim it immediately. These pop ups reappear no less than five times per hour until the application user successfully accepts the offer.

    Upon accepting the invitation for the prize, the malware redirects the victim to a geo-specific webpage where they are asked to submit their phone numbers for verification. But in reality, they are submitting their phone number to a premium SMS service that would start charging their phone bill over 30 Euros per month. The victim does not immediately notice the impact of the theft, and the likelihood of it continuing for months before detection is high, with little to no recourse to get one’s money back.

    “Overall, GriftHorse Android Trojan takes advantage of small screens, local trust, and misinformation to trick users into downloading and installing these Android Trojans, as well frustration or curiosity when accepting the fake free prize spammed into their notification screens,” Zimperium zLabs added in the blog post.

    The security research firm has also provided a list of apps that you should avoid downloading in order to prevent yourself from being a part of this scam. You can check the entire list below.

    Full List of Apps on Google Play Store apps banned by Google

    App Name

    Handy Translator Pro

    Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker

    Geospot: GPS Location Tracker

    iCare – Find Location

    My Chat Translator

    Bus – Metrolis 2021

    Free Translator Photo

    Locker Tool

    Fingerprint Changer

    Call Recoder Pro

    Instant Speech Translation

    Racers Car Driver

    Slime Simulator

    Keyboard Themes

    What’s Me Sticker

    Amazing Video Editor

    Safe Lock

    Heart Rhythm

    Smart Spot Locator

    CutCut Pro

    OFFRoaders – Survive

    Phone Finder by Clapping

    Bus Driving Simulator

    Fingerprint Defender

    Lifeel – scan and test

    Launcher iOS 15

    Idle Gun Tycoo\u202an\u202c

    Scanner App Scan Docs & Notes

    Chat Translator All Messengers

    Hunt Contact

    Icony

    Horoscope : Fortune

    Fitness Point

    Qibla AR Pro

    Heart Rate and Meal Tracker

    Mine Easy Translator

    PhoneControl Block Spam Calls

    Parallax paper 3D

    SnapLens – Photo Translator

    Qibla Pass Direction

    Caller-x

    Clap

    Photo Effect Pro

    iConnected Tracker

    Smart Call Recorder

    Daily Horoscope & Life Palmestry

    Qibla Compass (Kaaba Locator)

    Prookie-Cartoon Photo Editor

    Qibla Ultimate

    Truck – RoudDrive Offroad

    GPS Phone Tracker – Family Locator

    Call Recorder iCall

    PikCho Editor app

    Street Cars: pro Racing

    Cinema Hall: Free HD Movies

    Live Wallpaper & Background

    Intelligent Translator Pro

    Face Analyzer

    TrueCaller & TrueRecoder

    iTranslator_ Text & Voice & Photo

    Pulse App – Heart Rate Monitor

    Video & Photo Recovery Manager 2

    Быстрые кредиты 24\7

    Fitness Trainer

    ClipBuddy

    Vector arts

    Ludo Speak v2.0

    Battery Live Wallpaper 4K

    Heart Rate Pro Health Monitor

    Locatoria – Find Location

    GetContacter

    Photo Lab

    AR Phone Booster – Battery Saver

    English Arabic Translator direct

    VPN Zone – Fast & Easy Proxy

    100% Projector for Mobile Phone

    Forza H Mobile 4 Ultimate Edition

    Amazing Sticky Slime Simulator ASMR\u200f

    Clap To Find My Phone

    Screen Mirroring TV Cast

    Free Calls WorldWide

    My Locator Plus

    iSalam Qibla Compass

    Language Translator-Easy&Fast

    WiFi Unlock Password Pro X

    Pony Video Chat-Live Stream

    Zodiac : Hand

    Ludo Game Classic

    Loca – Find Location

    Easy TV Show

    Qibla correct Quran Coran Koran

    Dating App – Sweet Meet

    R Circle – Location Finder

    TagsContact

    Ela-Salaty: Muslim Prayer Times & Qibla Direction

    Qibla Compass

    Soul Scanner – Check Your

    CIAO – Live Video Chat

    Plant Camera Identifier

    Color Call Changer

    Squishy and Pop it

    Keyboard: Virtual Projector App

    Scanner Pro App: PDF Document

    QR Reader Pro

    FX Keyboard

    You Frame

    Call Record Pro

    Free Islamic Stickers 2021

    QR Code Reader – Barcode Scanner

    Bag X-Ray 100% Scanner

    Phone Caller Screen 2021

    Translate It – Online App

    Mobile Things Finder

    Proof-Caller

    Phone Search by Clap

    Second Translate PRO

    CallerID

    3D Camera To Plan

    Qibla Finder – Qibla Direction

    Stickers Maker for WhatsApp

    Qibla direction watch (compass)

    Piano Bot Easy Lessons

    CallHelp: Second Phone Number

    FastPulse – Heart Rate Monitor

    Caller ID & Spam Blocker

    Free Coupons 2021

    KFC Saudi – Get free delivery and 50% off coupons

    Skycoach

    HOO Live – Meet and Chat

    Easy Bass Booster

    Coupons & Gifts: InstaShop

    FindContact

    Launcher iOS for Android

    Call Blocker-Spam Call Blocker

    Call Blocker-Spam Call Blocker

    Live Mobile Number Tracker

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    First Published Date: 01 Oct, 08:21 AM IST
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