Android malware has been on the rise over the past couple of years, we’ve just seen one of the worst attacks of this kind.
ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko found 13 apps with malware on the Play store, and said that more than 560,000 people downloaded these apps before Google took them down.
Oh, and all these apps came from a lone developer named Luiz Pinto.
The malware was disguised as various games, and didn’t have any legitimate function; rather, they crashed every time they were launched.
Now for the worst part: Stefanko said that before Google removed the apps, two of them were featured in the store’s trending section.
— Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) November 19, 2018