36.5 Million Android smartphones affected by ‘Judy’

By the time the world was yet recuperating from the “WannaCry” attack, a malware dubbed “Judy” stroke almost 36.5 Million Android smartphones, making its way via Google Play Store.

As per the cyber security firm, a bunch of malicious apps were downloaded around 4.5 Million to 18.5 Million times. Some of the apps have been found present on play store for more than a few years. “Judy” is one such example of how a free and open mobile operating system can be broken by developers of the malicious app.

“The complete ecosystem of open and free mobile operating system is developed around ads generating revenues, and the OS gives permission to such apps to showcase these ads,” Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services’ Executive Director, Amit Jaju, said in a statement.

As per Jaju, they observed some Indian apps with a likely nasty code when showcasing ads. “As a result, consumers should evaluate all apps that are installed to have proper security tools and settings in place. One should prevent downloading free apps from sources that are unknown as well,” he recommended.

After the apps with malicious code were founded by Check Point, Google eliminated them from the Play Store. The malicious apps initially included a sequence of fashion and casual cooking games under the brand name of “Judy”, a name inspired the malware.

Speaking of the malware, “Judy” is an automatic clicking adware which was discovered on 41 apps designed by a Korean firm that utilizes infected gadgets to produce large quantities of fake clicks on ads, making revenues for the creators behind it.

The evil nature of the programs went unobserved in huge part since its malware app was installed from a non-Google server after the programs were downloaded. The code would then employ the infected smartphone to fake click on Google advertisements, creating deceitful income for the attacker.

It is still not clear how long the nasty code survived within the apps, hence the genuine spread of the malware still remains unidentified.

Earlier, Android smartphones and other devices were hit by much alike malware such as “Skinner” and “FalseGuide” that were also penetrated via Google Play.

 

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