Friday, 22 May 2015

Dozens Minecraft Apps On Google Play Prove Scareware

On Google Play, researchers from the Slovak anti-virus company ESET found dozens of apps that occur as cheats for the popular computer game Minecraft, but in reality scareware. It involves a total of 33 applications that were placed on Google Play over a period of nine months and have been downloaded between 660,000 and 2,800,000 times.

The apps do not do what they promise and show after starting only banners claiming that the Android device with a "dangerous virus" infected. Then offered to remove the virus, for which there should be a "virus" via SMS enabled. However, it is an SMS user subscription costs 4.80 euro per week. ESET recommends that Android users to still only download apps from official app stores, to check what permissions the app asks and be read reviews from users.

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