UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Already downloaded more than 90 million times, the Android malware called PreAMO infects applications and allows its developers to recover significant revenues. For security, companies have already deleted some applications from the same developer. Researchers invite users to do the same.
Six apps available in the Google Play Store are infected with new Android malware named PreAMO, report Checkpoint cybersecurity researchers. They claim that it has already been downloaded more than 90 million times. Experts call on users to be vigilant and to remove the applications concerned by this malware and contained in applications proposed by the Chinese firm DO Global.
But how does it work? The software clicks on many ads for you, allowing its developer to earn significant revenue from three advertising agencies: Presage, Admob and Mopub: PreAMO contraction, the name of the software.
The six Android applications infected by this malware are Mycamera, Omni.cleaner, Speedbooster.optimizer, rambooster.totalcleaner, cooler.smartcooler, flashlight.torch.screenlight.party.
Several companies, including the Mountain View company, have for security already removed a series of applications from the same developer. Indeed, according to a BuzzFeed survey, Google removed 46 of the 100 applications from DO Global that responded to this removal.
In a statement, the Chinese company claims to have conducted its own investigation internally to understand and take the necessary measures. It has promised to respect “strictly” in the future “the regulations in force”.
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