Not the worst kind of malware out there
Google’s Play Store remains riddled with all kinds of threats and possible security issues.
Delete these apps yesterday!
- High-Speed Camera (package name – com.hantor.CozyCamera)
- Smart Task Manager (com.james.SmartTaskManager)
- Flashlight+ (kr.caramel.flash_plus)
- 달력메모장 (com.smh.memocalendar)
- K-Dictionary (com.joysoft.wordBook)
- BusanBus (com.kmshack.BusanBus)
- Flashlight+ (com.candlencom.candleprotest)
- Quick Note (com.movinapp.quicknote)
- Currency Converter (com.smartwho.SmartCurrencyConverter)
- Joycode (com.joysoft.barcode)
- EzDica (com.joysoft.ezdica)
- Instagram Profile Downloader (com.schedulezero.instapp)
- Ez Notes (com.meek.tingboard)
- 손전등 (com.candlencom.flashlite)
- 계산기 (com.doubleline.calcul)
- Flashlight+ (com.dev.imagevault)
Because some of those official app names are a little generic and thus very easy to mix up with legitimate titles while others are outright incomprehensible for our non-Korean-speaking readers, the package names in brackets should help you make sure you’re deleting something malicious and not something you can actually use to see in the dark, manage your tasks, speed up your camera, take notes on the fly, learn a new language, or convert various currencies.
Some of these apps could be draining your battery while clicking on ads without your consent.
Of course, the generic names and broad advertised purposes might be the key reasons why some of these apps managed to amass installation numbers many well-intentioned developers can only dream of. A few of those multi-million download counts seem a little bizarre themselves, having most likely been inflated by fake reviews and, well, a lot of carelessness from a lot of naive Android users.
As always, Google is very much part of the problem too, not only failing to prevent such bogus “utility” titles from entering the Play Store in the first place but also allowing them to wreak havoc and commit ad fraud for long periods of time.
Curiously, a 17th potentially malicious title (DxClean from Flashlight 2020) with 5 million+ Google Play installations is included in a screenshot but not the above list in the latest McAfee blog post, and seeing as how the app is no longer downloadable from the premier official Android app store, you should probably steer clear of that as well.