Remove These 13 Apps if You’re an Android User

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In a recent security update on Forbes, a warning has been issued to Android users about a new trojan named “Xamalicious.” Discovered just days after the SpyLoan malware scare, this threat infiltrated multiple apps on Google’s Play Store.

Forbes emphasizes the need for users to take responsibility for their device security rather than relying solely on Google or Apple. While Google promptly removed the malicious apps from its store, many remain available for download on third-party platforms.

Xamalicious disguises itself within health, games, horoscope, and productivity apps. The trojan’s strategy involves tricking users into granting accessibility privileges, enabling it to take control of device features that are typically restricted.

One critical aspect of this warning is the potential danger posed by granting accessibility privileges. McAfee reports that even though Google removed the apps from its store, most are still accessible through third-party sources.

This alert follows another recent warning regarding the re-emergence of the “Chameleon” trojan. This sophisticated malware targets users by presenting itself as a Google Chrome app, exploiting accessibility requests to compromise biometric security and steal financial information.

Forbes lists the identified Xamalicious apps that users should promptly delete:

  1. Essential Horoscope for Android
  2. 3D Skin Editor for PE Minecraft
  3. Logo Maker Pro
  4. Auto Click Repeater
  5. Count Easy Calorie Calculator
  6. Sound Volume Extender
  7. LetterLink
  8. Numerology: Personal Horoscope & Number Predictions
  9. Step Keeper: Easy Pedometer
  10. Track Your Sleep
  11. Sound Volume Booster
  12. Astrological Navigator: Daily Horoscope & Tarot
  13. Universal Calculator

The Xamalicious trojan takes a straightforward approach, gaining privileges to communicate with its command and control server. Once installed, it collects vital device information to assess the potential success of an attack, including hardware details, operating system, installed apps, location, and network information.

Forbes underscores the importance of user vigilance and recommends regularly checking device settings for app permissions. Users are advised to navigate to ‘Settings’ > ‘Privacy’ > ‘Accessibility Special Access’ to review and remove app access if necessary. The article emphasizes the significance of critically evaluating app permissions, particularly from third-party sources, and encourages users to exercise caution in granting access.

 

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