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.