Millions Of Minecraft Fans Under Threat From Fake Android Apps

28 May 2015
by David Jannetta
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Millions Of Minecraft Fans Under Threat From Fake Android Apps

Up to three million Minecraft fans could be at risk after 33 fake cheats apps were found to be available for download on the Google Play store.

The Business Reporter ran this headline on an article this week that highlights the dangers of innocent looking “cheats” apps. Clearly mobile malware developers continue to try to exploit mobile devices as a weak link in the security chain.

The article notes: “The ‘scareware’ software, discovered by ESET, displayed banners telling users their devices were infected with a ‘dangerous virus’ and fooled users into taking out a subscription to a premium text service, which would cost them €4.80 per week.

All of the 33 apps were uploaded over the last nine months, the firm said on its blog. Since then, they have been downloaded between 660,000 and 2.8 million times.”

These apps had the same look and behavior and resembled the official Minecraft game. Once notified, Google removed the rogue apps from its store.

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