ExpensiveWall is a new malware on Google Play

Jesse Han   2017.09.20 3:08   Jesse Han  

Security investigators have again discovered a new malware called ExpensiveWall in the Google Play store.

Obviously, ExpensiveWall is very dangerous, it allows malicious people access to your phone. The malware was hidden in dozens of other applications distributed through Google’s digital store. And it has thus infected millions of Android devices. According to the Check Point, at least six million smartphones and tablets were infected by the virus.

The security company reported it to Google at the beginning of August. At that time, the Mountain View immediately removed the dangerous apps from the Play store. However, docks soon provided other apps with the same malware which were removed only after four days.

The Check Point has gave a full list for contaminated apps, you can check it from this source. That is, if any of the apps are on your Android device, then please remove them as soon as possible.

About ExpensiveWall malware

After installation, ExpensiveWall apps immediately sought different permissions to perform tasks in the background. Such as, the app allowed itself to connect to an attacker’s website on which to find a JavaScript code. After opening the website, Android devices were automatically subscribed to certain premium SMS services.

The process can be completed in just a few seconds without you being able to do it. Although most premium SMS services require user consent, it was hidden in these apps under a Continue button you saw at startup. Inadvertent users who pushed the button quickly stuck to expensive text messages that are hard to stop.

Protect your device

In theory, Google claims to protect you from dangerous software. The company continuously scans all apps on Google Play. Unfortunately, that scan has not been sufficiently completed in this case. You know, millions of devices were infected by the time Google discovered the problem.

However, of course, we can also take measures and pay attention to the permissions we give an app when installing. In this case, if an app asks for permission for things that don’t belong to the circumstances, such as a wallpaper app need permissions for sending text messages, then please disallow it.

Also, make sure that you always have the latest security updates on your Android device. Actually, more and more manufacturers are joining in the party which roll out Google’s monthly security updates, such as OnePlus and Nokia. The update usually protect you against all vulnerabilities in Android that are currently known.