KEY POINTS

  • The virus has been victimizing users for over two years
  • Dubbed GriftHorse Android Trojan, it is found hidden in various apps
  • Unsuspecting users were tricked into subscribing to a recurring payment

Android users beware! A new trojan that hides in various apps available on Google Play can steal your money using sophisticated techniques.

What is the GriftHorse Android Trojan?

Cybersecurity firm Zimperium claimed the dreadful virus, identified as the GriftHorse Android Trojan, has so far infected 10 million active Android devices. The malicious software has been spotted in over 200 apps in at least 70 different countries.

The sad truth is that the GriftHorse Android Trojan has been infecting and taking advantage of Android users since November 2019. But how does it victimize unsuspecting users?

The trojan tricks people into subscribing to a recurring payment, which if left unchecked, could not only steal money but also empty banking wallets and apps. Google has confirmed the infected apps have been removed from the Play Store but it is not known if third-party platforms have done the same.

Unfortunately, even if the apps have been removed from the Play Store, the virus can still infect the devices of users who have already downloaded them.

"These malicious Android applications appear harmless when looking at the store description and requested permissions, but this false sense of confidence changes when users get charged month over month for the premium service they get subscribed to without their knowledge and consent," Zimperium revealed Wednesday.

"Upon infection, the victim is bombarded with alerts on the screen letting them know they had won a prize and needed to claim it immediately. These pop-ups reappear no less than five times per hour until the application user successfully accepts the offer," the cybersecurity firm disclosed.

After accepting the invitation, "the malware redirects the victim to a geo-specific webpage where they are asked to submit their phone numbers for verification. But in reality, they are submitting their phone number to a premium SMS service that would start charging their phone bill over €30 ($34.74) per month," the blog post further revealed.

People will not notice the impact of the theft immediately and sometimes, it will go on for months before being detected.  

Users should immediately uninstall these apps:

  • Handy Translator Pro
  • Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker
  • Geospot: GPS Location Tracker
  • iCare – Find Location
  • My Chat Translator
  • Bus – Metrolis 2021
  • Free Translator Photo
  • Locker Tool
  • Fingerprint Changer
  • Call Recoder Pro
  • Instant Speech Translation
  • Racers Car Driver
  • Slime Simulator
  • Keyboard Themes
  • What’s Me Sticker
  • Amazing Video Editor
  • Safe Lock
  • Heart Rhythm
  • Smart Spot Locator
  • CutCut Pro
  • OFFRoaders – Survive
  • Phone Finder by Clapping
  • Bus Driving Simulator
  • Fingerprint Defender
  • Lifeel – scan and test
  • Launcher iOS 15
  • Idle Gun Tycoou202anu202c
  • Scanner App Scan Docs & Notes
  • Chat Translator All Messengers
  • Hunt Contact
  • Icony
  • Horoscope : Fortune
  • Fitness Point
  • Qibla AR Pro
  • Heart Rate and Meal Tracker
  • Mine Easy Translator
  • PhoneControl Block Spam Calls
  • Parallax paper 3D
  • SnapLens – Photo Translator
  • Qibla Pass Direction
  • Caller-x
  • Clap
  • Photo Effect Pro
  • iConnected Tracker
  • Smart Call Recorder
  • Daily Horoscope & Life Palmestry
  • Qibla Compass (Kaaba Locator)
  • Prookie-Cartoon Photo Editor
  • Qibla Ultimate
  • Truck – RoudDrive Offroad
  • GPS Phone Tracker – Family Locator
  • Call Recorder iCall
  • PikCho Editor app
  • Street Cars: pro Racing
  • Cinema Hall: Free HD Movies
  • Live Wallpaper & Background
  • Intelligent Translator Pro
  • Face Analyzer
  • TrueCaller (NOT Truecaller, by True Software Scandinavia AB)
  • TrueRecoder
  • iTranslator_ Text & Voice & Photo
  • Pulse App – Heart Rate Monitor
  • Video & Photo Recovery Manager 2
  • Быстрые кредиты 247
  • Fitness Trainer
  • ClipBuddy
  • Vector arts
  • Ludo Speak v2.0
  • Battery Live Wallpaper 4K
  • Heart Rate Pro Health Monitor
  • Locatoria – Find Location
  • GetContacter
  • Photo Lab
  • AR Phone Booster – Battery Saver
  • English Arabic Translator direct
  • VPN Zone – Fast & Easy Proxy
  • 100% Projector for Mobile Phone
  • Forza H Mobile 4 Ultimate Edition
  • Amazing Sticky Slime Simulator ASMRu200f
  • Clap To Find My Phone
  • Screen Mirroring TV Cast
  • Free Calls WorldWide
  • My Locator Plus
  • iSalam Qibla Compass
  • Language Translator-Easy&Fast
  • WiFi Unlock Password Pro X
  • Pony Video Chat-Live Stream
  • Zodiac : Hand
  • Ludo Game Classic
  • Loca – Find Location
  • Easy TV Show
  • Qibla correct Quran Coran Koran
  • Dating App – Sweet Meet
  • R Circle – Location Finder
  • TagsContact
  • Ela-Salaty: Muslim Prayer Times & Qibla Direction
  • Qibla Compass
  • Soul Scanner – Check Your
  • CIAO – Live Video Chat
  • Plant Camera Identifier
  • Color Call Changer
  • Squishy and Pop it
  • Keyboard: Virtual Projector App
  • Scanner Pro App: PDF Document
  • QR Reader Pro
  • FX Keyboard
  • You Frame
  • Call Record Pro
  • Free Islamic Stickers 2021
  • QR Code Reader – Barcode Scanner
  • Bag X-Ray 100% Scanner
  • Phone Caller Screen 2021
  • Translate It – Online App
  • Mobile Things Finder
  • Proof-Caller
  • Phone Search by Clap
  • Second Translate PRO
  • CallerID
  • 3D Camera To Plan
  • Qibla Finder – Qibla Direction
  • Stickers Maker for WhatsApp
  • Qibla direction watch (compass)
  • Piano Bot Easy Lessons
  • CallHelp: Second Phone Number
  • FastPulse – Heart Rate Monitor
  • Caller ID & Spam Blocker
  • Free Coupons 2021
  • KFC Saudi – Get free delivery and 50% off coupons
  • Skycoach
  • HOO Live – Meet and Chat
  • Easy Bass Booster
  • Coupons & Gifts: InstaShop
  • FindContact
  • Launcher iOS for Android
  • Call Blocker-Spam Call Blocker
  • Live Mobile Number Tracker

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