Judy is a new malware that has affected between 8.5
million to 36.5 million users, according to Check Point Research Team. Though,
Google is trying to and almost removed all infected apps from the Play Store,
it is essential for you to take measures to protect your smartphone.
Judy malware, which was recently discovered on Google
Play Store, has affected between 8.5 million to 36.5 million users, according
to Check Point Research Team.
According to Check Point Research Team, the new malware has
affected around 8.5 million to 36.5 million users. The malware campaign was
discovered by Check Point’s researchers on Google Play Store. This means,
Android users are vulnerable to the malware.
So what does Judy malware do
for Android phones, and should you be worried?
Judy malware takes generates auto-click on fake links,
which in turn creates revenues for the developers behind these apps. Unlike
other malware it is not stealing your data, but it is controlling the device to
carry out fraudulent activities. Judy gets control of infected devices and
relies on the communication with its Command and Control server (C&C) for
How long as the Judy Malware been on the Google Play
Judy malware has been on the Play Store for a long time,
a year to be precise. Check Point found the adware on at least 41 apps, which
have been developed by a Korean company Kiniwini. It is registered as ENISTUDIO corp
the Google Play Store.
“The malicious apps reached an astonishing spread between
4.5 million and 18.5 million downloads,” reads Check Point’s blog post.
What is Google doing about
Judy Malware? What can you do to protect your
Android device and data?
Check Point Research has a list of 41 apps which have the
malware. If you have any of these apps, then you to remove these from your
immediately. Though Google is removing
infected apps from the Play Store, it is essential for you to take other
measures to protect your smartphone:
• Use an anti-virus. Though Google Play Store has a
mechanism in place to check for malicious apps, even the search giant misses
out on scanning malware sometimes (as in this case). So, it is imperative you
invest in a good anti-virus.
• Keep your device updated. Check if your device is
up-to-date with the latest software version as well as security patches.
• Always browse an unsecured network via VPN.
• Before downloading an app, check for permissions it is
asking for. Remember, your privacy is at risk, each time you download a new
app. If you are not comfortable with granting permissions to certain things
like contacts or camera or mic, or think the app doesn’t need access to these,
simply don’t download the app. Read carefully to check for hidden permissions.