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SimBad malware on Play Store infected millions of Android devices

Most of the applications infected by SimBad malware are simulator games.

The IT security researchers atCheck Point have discovered a sophisticated malware campaign that has been targeting Android users through Google Play Store on a global level and so far more than 150 million users have fallen prey to it.

DubbedSimBad by researchers; the malwaredisguises itself as ads to avoid suspicion and hides behindsoftware development kit (SDK) used for advertising purposes and monetization generation. At the time researchers identified the malware its download count had already reached almost 150 million.

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In addition to displaying malicious ads, SimBad is also capable of carrying out phishing attacks by redirecting victims to compromised websites and downloading more malicious applications either from the Play Store or from a remote server.

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