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HiddenAds on Google Play Store

Updated on 2022-11-02

A set of four malicious apps, developed by the Mobile apps Group, was found propagating the HiddenAds trojan. The apps have been downloaded over a million times from the Google Play Store. Read more: Malware on the Google Play store leads to harmful phishing sites

Updated on 2022-11-01: New malware from the same app dev

Malwarebytes researchers said they found four Android applications developed by the “Mobile apps Group” that were infected with versions of the HiddenAds malware. The finding is significant because Malwarebytes said the same developer published similar apps in the past, infected with an older version of the HiddenAds malware, but his account wasn’t banned, allowing them to publish new apps in the meantime. Read more: Malware on the Google Play store leads to harmful phishing sites

Overview: New HiddenAds attacks

McAfee said it discovered 13 apps available on the Play Store that were infected with the HiddenAds adware. The apps were collectively downloaded more than 7.2 million times.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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