How widespread the malware has yet to be determined, but the firm claims that it has managed to reach as many as 36.5 million Android devices, the most distributed malware yet found right inside Google Play. According to the company's report on the matter, the apps that carried the malware were made by Kiniwini and was published under the guise of another company name, ENISTUDIO Corp.
According to Checkpoint, it is possible that other developers may have borrowed the malicious code from another, knowingly or unknowingly, which caused spike in number of phones infected by the malware.
Malware "Judy" has hit more than 41 apps on the Google Play Store, security research firm Check Point has said. The auto-clicking adware, named "Judy", was discovered by the IT security firm, Check Point.
After the application is downloaded, it figures out how to set up an association with the Control and Command server, which conveys the genuine noxious payload. The search engine giant is now working to remove these infected apps from its app store.
Judy then opens the URLs using the user-agent string that mimics the web browser of the infected system and is used to launch the targeted websites.More news: India aids Sri Lanka as monsoon kills 100
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Checkpoint also stated they have no reason to believe the malware has any other intention other than making false clicks on Google ads to boost ad revenue. Apps by the same developer are up for download over at the App Store on iOS devices, but analysts said they did not find traces of the campaign in those versions.
The infected apps have been removed from play store. However, looking at Android O Public Beta's hidden features, it seems like Google may also allow you to tweak around a few things when the final version is released. Google's system is supposed to work extensively to automatically detect malwares and apps that can pose can risk to the users.
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The analysts have likewise discovered different apps on the Google Play Store, which contain the malware, and these were created by different organizations.
Check Point added that the Judy malware campaign is "possibly the largest malware campaign found on Google Play". These updates usually include patches to help protect your device from the most recent threats.