Instead, hackers are using links in emails and text messages to trick Android users into installing these virus-packed applications.
Here’s three culprits that you need to be on the lookout for and what they can do to your phone.
Covid19 / Coronavirus Tracker: A classic example of ransomware, which locks the user’s phone, and demands a ransom of $ 100 to $ 250 in Bitcoin to unlock the phone.
Corona live 1.1: This app uses the official Samsung Health App’s icon, and has the ability to access the infected device’s location and contacts, can read SMS, access the smartphone camera and take pictures, record audio, check running apps, and much more. It reports the data back to a URL host which is associated with other malware samples.
Coronavirus: This app also harbors malware, specifically the famous banking trojan, Cerberus, which creates an overlay over real banking apps, to steal people’s access details, to access people’s SMS, and harvest contact lists.