You may have heard that you always should download and install applications on your Android device from the Google Play Store.

Why? Because that would ensure that the application is legit and will not come with any nasty surprises. Well, well, well, as you are about to see that it is not entirely true.

A report from Cyber security researchers from the University of Sydney found more than 2,000 counterfeit applications impersonating popular games on the Google Play store.

Some of the applications or games contained malware while others were requesting “Dangerous” access permissions such as access to all your files, camera, microphone, location, etc.

Now you may be asking, if I shouldn’t download applications from Google Play, what do I do?

Let me give you a few pieces of advice:

  • Keep downloading only applications from Google Play, but
  • Also check their reviews, and do a quick search to see if something has been published about the application, and
  • Also make sure you have an antivirus deployed on your mobile.

Didn’t you know that you could install an antivirus on your Android device? Well, you know now! Keep an eye out, as this will probably be a separate topic for another Malware Monday.

And as always, be safe out there, until next Malware Monday.

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