Fk has detected an advertising campaign using adware for Android
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F*****k has detected an advertising campaign using adware for Android

Cybersecurity Experts from McAfee discovered on Facebook* an active advertising campaign promoting malicious advertising applications (adware) for Android. More than a dozen applications have been identified, with a total of more than 7 million downloads.

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Advertisements position these applications as performance optimization, spyware and adware removal tools. Instead, once installed, they themselves start displaying advertisements and hiding under different names with different icons in order to remain on the victim’s phone for as long as possible. In some cases, they even masquerade as the Google Play Store itself.

Android Contact Provider system component is used to display ads: it is initialized with installation of each new application and this makes victims believe that new applications are to blame. In addition, adware malware initiates the background operation of the service that displays advertisements – if you try to close it, it restarts itself. The victims were users around the world, but the most common places where the malware was installed were Brazil, South Korea, and Japan. Below is a list of these apps, all of which have since been removed from the Play Store:

  • garbage man;
  • EasyCleaner;
  • power doctor;
  • super clean;
  • Full Clean – Clean Cache;
  • fingertip cleaners;
  • quick cleaner;
  • Keep clean;
  • windy clean;
  • carpet clean;
  • cool clean;
  • strong clean;
  • MeteorClean.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision, activities on the grounds of Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activity”.

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