Although Android users have probably grown accustomed lately to hearing about all sorts of threats to their mobile security and data privacy, learning not to panic every time a new virus is discovered, there are certainly different levels of danger associated with different malware spreading campaigns. And as scary as it sounds, the the latest such campaign identified by Trend Micro is arguably reaching the highest level.
But if you’re the kind of adventurous (or, let’s be honest, carefree) user who regularly likes to try your luck on generic titles from little-known developers, you might want to pay close attention to the following list.
Here are the latest apps you should delete and avoid at all costs
- call recorder
- Rooster VPN
- Super Cleaner – hyper and smart
- Document Scanner – PDF Creator
- Universal Saver Pro
- Eagle Photo Editor
- call recorder pro+
- Extra cleaner
- Encryption utilities
- Just now: video movement
- lucky cleaner
- Simplified Cleanser
- Unicc QR scanner
- Document Scanner Pro
- conquer the darkness
Do you recognize any of these names? Immediately search for them on your phone and press the “uninstall” button. You can thank us later.
Distributed via Google Play (where else?) to an unknown number of Android users, these malicious applications are fortunately no longer in circulation (official), so they should no longer be able to add to their number of victims. ..unless you’re downloading from an alternate source, which you should never, ever, EVER do with any app.
These applications could cost you serious money
Although free to download and seemingly harmless, DawDropper-infected apps like the ones listed above can wreak absolute havoc on your phones, violating just about every level of privacy and security you can think of.
Contact numbers, text messages, phone calls, usernames, passwords, PINs, financial information, etc. these apps can see, steal and use against you to do everything from closely monitor all your activities online to drain your bank account. to get full control and lock yourself out of your own Android device.
It’s certainly a little scarier than your usual adware or even fleeceware campaign, and unfortunately this “DawDropper” banking trojan isn’t an entirely new threat…and neither do we expect that it will disappear completely anytime soon.
The best way to protect yourself against these types of threats is to do your own research on each new app you plan to install, check their user reviews, their (advertised) purposes, the data they have access to ( official) and last but not least, the background (or lack thereof) of their developers. It can also be helpful to ask yourself if you really need that many apps on your phone when considering a new download.