Six new infected apps copying very popular apps are in circulation on the Google Play Store. Uninstall them!

The current pandemic will have definitely accentuated our digital uses, which will have had the perverse effect of attracting crooks to multiply various and varied scams, such as the latter targeting the E.Leclerc brand. Malware is also on the rise, spreading to our various devices by deceitful means, and in particular on our smartphones.

This is how it sometimes happens that infected applications find their way to the official Google Play Store, as the Bitdefender cybersecurity researchers warn us. They have just discovered that malware was currently distributed on Android posing as popular applications.

These apps go after your bank account

Behind these famous names, however, hides a dangerous virus known as “TeaBot”. It is a banking Trojan that can intercept your messages, allowing hackers to steal your authentication codes and find their way to your sensitive accounts. This malware was specifically developed to gain access to your bank account, and in particular to defeat two-factor authentication used by many banking organizations, which is why the threat is serious.

These applications are all the more difficult to find because they are copies of extremely popular applications. “They don’t have any of the functionality of the original version. They ask for permission to access other apps, display notifications and install apps outside of the Play Store, after which they hide their icon ” Bitdefender researchers explain.

Some already have more than 50 million downloads, which is why you would do well to take a little tour of your settings to check that none of them are there. Note that since these are copies, you will need to look for applications that match the exact names below:

  • Uplift: Health and Wellness App
  • BookReader
  • PlutoTV
  • Rocycnyru: THIS Bosbpat
  • Kaspersky: Free Antivirus
  • VLC MediaPlayer

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