Digital security researchers have discovered a type of ad-serving malware previously unknown in over 200 Android apps, some of which have been downloaded by millions of users. AdWare, the security company Check Point calls "SimBad", creates a backdoor and allows its creator to install additional programs, according to TechCrunch. The company notified Google of the vulnerability and the apps were all extracted from the Google Play Store. It is still up to us, however, to delete these apps from our phones.
Check Point has published the list of apps, which include the names, file names and number of installations for each of the infected apps. While the infected apps range from random telephony to secondary effects, most of the apps concerned seem to be a game. Among the 1
- Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator
- Hoverboard Racing
- Real Tractor Farming Simulator
- Ambulance Rescue Driving
- Heavy Mountain Bus Simulator 2018
- Fire Truck Emergency Driver
- Farming Tractor Real Harvest Simulator
- Car Parking Challenge
- Speed Boat Jet Ski Racing
- Water Surfing Car Stunt
- Offroad 2018 Wood Transport Truck
- Volumen Booster & Equalizer
- Prado Parking Adventure
- Oil Trucker Transport Truck Driver
If you find that you have downloaded one of these apps, restart your phone in safe mode. The step-by-step process of restarting in safe mode varies depending on the model, but the most common way is to long press the "Turn off" option on the screen when pressing the physical power button. (Here are a couple of other variants).
Once in safe mode, go to the Settings menu and tap App to find a list of all the apps installed on the phone. Delete the app infected and check for any other apps you don't recognize. Often the malware hides itself by removing itself from the home screen, so if it's an app with a name or icon that you don't know, it could have been installed via the backdoor.
Regardless of whether you've downloaded these apps or not, it's also not a bad idea to download some virus scanning software to make sure your phone is safe.