Author: Aaron Brown / Source: Express.co.uk
Millions of mobile gamers have been tricked into downloading game guides laced with malware.
Dubbed FalseGuide, was hidden in more than 40 apps in the Google Play Store disguised as guides for hugely-popular mobile games, including Pokémon Go and FIFA Mobile.
When smartphone players downloaded the fraudulent game guide to their Android phone – the app would install malware and create a “silent botnet” out of the infected devices.
This allowed hackers to harness the collective power of all the infected phones without ever alerting the device owners.
FalseGuide request admin permissions upon instalment, which prevents victims from deleting the fake game guide from their device.
According to researchers at CheckPoint, cybercriminals have been using this scam since November 2016.
Since then, FalseGuide apps have been downloaded more than 2 million times, the security researchers claim.
That’s a terrifyingly…
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