Google bans 136 apps: Beware, your money is being stolen

Google bans 136 apps on Play Store: Google has just banned these 136 apps. You must delete them from your phone. Check here the full list of these banned apps on Google Play Store.

Google bans 136 apps: Beware, your money is being stolen from you via your phone! Now, it is up to you to stop the hackers. Security experts at Zimperium have detailed another malware that has stolen millions of dollars from Android smartphone users across the globe. The dangerous part is that these apps are probably on your phone and may well be stealing your money. Check the list of these apps found on Google Play Store and delete them immediately.
Mobile Phones

After a complaint was registered, action was taken and Google slapped a ban on all 136 apps. However, users must act fast too as Grifthorse Android Trojan is unique!

What makes Grifthorse Android Trojan unique? Security researchers at Zimperium zLabs recently discovered an aggressive mobile premium services campaign named Grifthorse Android Trojan that has targeted over 10 million Google Android users globally. Researchers say that while ordinary online scams take advantage of phishing techniques, Grifthorse Android Trojan is unique in that it is hidden behind malicious Android applications acting as Trojans, which allows it to take advantage of user interactions for increased spread and infection.

What makes them even more special is that 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,” the security research firm wrote in a blog post.

A deep analysis of the Grifthorse Android Trojan suggests that the threat group has been running this campaign since November 2020. And while these malicious applications were initially distributed via both Google Play Store and third-party application stores, they have been removed from the Play Store since Zimperium zLabs reported its findings to Google.

However, while Google Play Store may have banned these apps, that does not mean users GriftHorse malware-powered malicious apps are gone. They are still available on unsecured third-party app stores. Even more troubling, they may be hidden inside some innocent apps that you may have downloaeded. That means you have to find them and delete them from your own phone.

What is Grifthorse Android Trojan and how does it work?

Zimperium zLabs explains that it poses a threat to all Android devices by functioning as a Trojan that subscribes unsuspecting users to paid services, charging a premium amounting to around 36 Euros per month.

The campaign has targeted millions of users from over 70 countries by serving selective malicious pages to users based on the geo-location of their IP address with the local language. 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.

Upon accepting the invitation for the prize, 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 Euros per month. The victim does not immediately notice the impact of the theft, and the likelihood of it continuing for months before detection is high, with little to no recourse to get one’s money back.

“Overall, GriftHorse Android Trojan takes advantage of small screens, local trust, and misinformation to trick users into downloading and installing these Android Trojans, as well frustration or curiosity when accepting the fake free prize spammed into their notification screens,” Zimperium zLabs added in the blog post.

The security research firm has also provided a list of apps that you should avoid downloading in order to prevent yourself from being a part of this scam. You can check the entire list below.

Full List of Apps on Google Play Store apps banned by Google:

  1. App Name
  2. Handy Translator Pro
  3. Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker
  4. Geospot: GPS Location Tracker
  5. iCare – Find Location
  6. My Chat Translator
  7. Bus – Metrolis 2021
  8. Free Translator Photo
  9. Locker Tool
  10. Fingerprint Changer
  11. Call Recoder Pro
  12. Instant Speech Translation
  13. Racers Car Driver
  14. Slime Simulator
  15. Keyboard Themes
  16. What’s Me Sticker
  17. Amazing Video Editor
  18. Safe Lock
  19. Heart Rhythm
  20. Smart Spot Locator
  21. CutCut Pro
  22. OFFRoaders – Survive
  23. Phone Finder by Clapping
  24. Bus Driving Simulator
  25. Fingerprint Defender
  26. Lifeel – scan and test
  27. Launcher iOS 15
  28. Idle Gun Tycoo\u202an\u202c
  29. Scanner App Scan Docs & Notes
  30. Chat Translator All Messengers
  31. Hunt Contact
  32. Icony
  33. Horoscope : Fortune
  34. Fitness Point
  35. Qibla AR Pro
  36. Heart Rate and Meal Tracker
  37. Mine Easy Translator
  38. PhoneControl Block Spam Calls
  39. Parallax paper 3D
  40. SnapLens – Photo Translator
  41. Qibla Pass Direction
  42. Caller-x
  43. Clap
  44. Photo Effect Pro
  45. iConnected Tracker
  46. Smart Call Recorder
  47. Daily Horoscope & Life Palmestry
  48. Qibla Compass (Kaaba Locator)
  49. Prookie-Cartoon Photo Editor
  50. Qibla Ultimate
  51. Truck – RoudDrive Offroad
  52. GPS Phone Tracker – Family Locator
  53. Call Recorder iCall
  54. PikCho Editor app
  55. Street Cars: pro Racing
  56. Cinema Hall: Free HD Movies
  57. Live Wallpaper & Background
  58. Intelligent Translator Pro
  59. Face Analyzer
  60. TrueCaller & TrueRecoder
  61. iTranslator_ Text & Voice & Photo
  62. Pulse App – Heart Rate Monitor
  63. Video & Photo Recovery Manager 2
  64. Быстрые кредиты 24\7
  65. Fitness Trainer
  66. ClipBuddy
  67. Vector arts
  68. Ludo Speak v2.0
  69. Battery Live Wallpaper 4K
  70. Heart Rate Pro Health Monitor
  71. Locatoria – Find Location
  72. GetContacter
  73. Photo Lab
  74. AR Phone Booster – Battery Saver
  75. English Arabic Translator direct
  76. VPN Zone – Fast & Easy Proxy
  77. 100% Projector for Mobile Phone
  78. Forza H Mobile 4 Ultimate Edition
  79. Amazing Sticky Slime Simulator ASMR\u200f
  80. Clap To Find My Phone
  81. Screen Mirroring TV Cast
  82. Free Calls WorldWide
  83. My Locator Plus
  84. iSalam Qibla Compass
  85. Language Translator-Easy&Fast
  86. WiFi Unlock Password Pro X
  87. Pony Video Chat-Live Stream
  88. Zodiac : Hand
  89. Ludo Game Classic
  90. Loca – Find Location
  91. Easy TV Show
  92. Qibla correct Quran Coran Koran
  93. Dating App – Sweet Meet
  94. R Circle – Location Finder
  95. TagsContact
  96. Ela-Salaty: Muslim Prayer Times & Qibla Direction
  97. Qibla Compass
  98. Soul Scanner – Check Your
  99. CIAO – Live Video Chat
  100. Plant Camera Identifier
  101. Color Call Changer
  102. Squishy and Pop it
  103. Keyboard: Virtual Projector App
  104. Scanner Pro App: PDF Document
  105. QR Reader Pro
  106. FX Keyboard
  107. You Frame
  108. Call Record Pro
  109. Free Islamic Stickers 2021
  110. QR Code Reader – Barcode Scanner
  111. Bag X-Ray 100% Scanner
  112. Phone Caller Screen 2021
  113. Translate It – Online App
  114. Mobile Things Finder
  115. Proof-Caller
  116. Phone Search by Clap
  117. Second Translate PRO
  118. CallerID
  119. 3D Camera To Plan
  120. Qibla Finder – Qibla Direction
  121. Stickers Maker for WhatsApp
  122. Qibla direction watch (compass)
  123. Piano Bot Easy Lessons
  124. CallHelp: Second Phone Number
  125. FastPulse – Heart Rate Monitor
  126. Caller ID & Spam Blocker
  127. Free Coupons 2021
  128. KFC Saudi – Get free delivery and 50% off coupons
  129. Skycoach
  130. HOO Live – Meet and Chat
  131. Easy Bass Booster
  132. Coupons & Gifts: InstaShop
  133. FindContact
  134. Launcher iOS for Android
  135. Call Blocker-Spam Call Blocker
  136. Call Blocker-Spam Call Blocker

Back to top button