Google removed 13 apps from their Google Play Store because they were considered harmless games when they were really viruses.
According to NDTV reports, all applications looked like racing games of cars or motorcycles that could be downloaded for free, but in fact they were trojan horses to introduce malware into phones.
Although Google has removed apps, those who downloaded them continue to risk their data ending in the wrong hands.
Applications that must be uninstalled are as follows:
- Luxury SUV Traffic
- Simulator driving the car
- Extreme Car Driving Racing
- Moto Cross Extreme Racing
- SUV City Climb Parking
- Extreme Car Driving City
- City Traffic Moto Racing
- Extreme sports car driving
- Simulator driving hyper
- Truck Cargo Simulator
- SUV 4 × 4 Simulator driving
- Firefighter – Simulator truck firefighters
- Luxury parking
According to Lukas Stefanko, security researcher at ESET for Internet products, there were more than 560,000 downloads of phony applications.
Stefanko says everyone has the same programmer named Luiz Pinto and that when the user takes over the game, the application icon disappeared immediately and it was asked to download another application called Game Center whose only functionality was to download data control and phone system.
Two of these applications appeared in the Play Store Trends section before being removed, according to NDTV. In January, Google revealed that it had withdrawn more than 700,000 malware from the Play Store last year.