Urian B., Tech Times
The popular Squid Game app has been found to be laced with malware. A cybersecurity researcher is warning users that the app is giving access to hackers. Hackers are able to send out malicious ad fraud and/or certain unwanted SMS subscription actions through the Joker malware.
Netflix Squid Game
According to the story by AndroidHeadlines, Netflix’s popular Korean TV show called Squid Game has managed to become quite a true hit all over the world. It was able to break all different types of records and is also most likely seeing a second season soon.
With this being said, considering the popularity of the show, there are a lot of apps that have appeared which is actually quite unsurprising. A certain malicious Squid Game app has already been spotted.
Joker Malware Found on Squid Game App
It was noted that the Squid Game app with the “Joker” malware has already been removed. That particular app has actually been spotted in the Play Store, and Google has already gotten rid of it. With the massive hacks as of late, Facebook is now suing a Ukrainian citizen for allegedly selling the stolen data of 178 million users.
As of the moment, there are already hundreds of different Squid Game-related apps out there. As of the moment, there are still over 200 available through the Play Store. In total, they have already been downloaded more than a million times.
Squid Wallpaper 4K HD
As of the moment, the wallpaper that actually got taken down is called the Squid Wallpaper 4K HD, and it was quite malicious in nature when it was initially spotted by a cybersecurity researcher. He was able to discover, as reported by PhoneArena, that the app was actually providing hackers a way to send some “malicious ad-fraud and/or unwanted SMS subscription actions.”
The malware used is reportedly called the Joker, as Android Headlines noted that it had mentioned it a couple of times. When it comes to the Squid Wallpaper 4K HD app, it was already downloaded 5,000 times before it was finally taken down. The popular REvil ransomware group has mysteriously deleted their documents and extortion threats to Apple as a multi-country operation was made to combat the hackers.
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Warning of Malware Apps
It was noted that in order to avoid getting malware apps on one’s phone, users are advised not to install any particular unofficial Squid Game apps in general. The malicious code is most usually hidden inside the said wallpaper apps, imaging editing apps, and more.
As of the moment, there isn’t any rule on which apps users should avoid. Users cannot open over 20 different Squid Game apps to find which one is good. Although malware apps aren’t that common, they also aren’t that rare, so users have to be careful with every app they download.
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