This Squid Gaming App Installed Malware On Android Phones: Full Details Here

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Researchers say the threat lurks given the popularity of the Netflix show, and have warned users to take a cautious approach when downloading Squid Game apps.

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Squid Game, the latest dystopian fantasy show on Netflix has been in the news for a few weeks. So much so that it has inspired smartphone apps, wallpapers, Halloween costumes and more. One thing the makers probably didn’t want – Squid Game has also inspired many cybercriminals. According to a recent discovery by an ESET researcher, an app for Squid Game wallpapers on the Google Play Store was installing the Joker malware on many Android phones.

According to Lukas Stefanko, the ESET researcher who reported the problem to Google, the app installed the malware on Android smartphones. It was downloaded at least 5,000 times before Google removed the “Squid Game Wallpaper 4K HD” app from its app market. Anyone who downloaded the app fell into an expensive SMS trap, where the app could also download and run native libraries and APK payloads, in order to take control of the affected smartphones. Stefano said that there are over 200 Squid Game based apps on the Google Play Store.

Joker malware has been around for years. The malware allows attackers to register users for expensive services. Researchers say the threat lurks given the popularity of the Netflix show, and have warned users to take a cautious approach when downloading Squid Game apps.

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