We always say that, when you go to download an application, you do it from the Google Play Store. You know whatand that all the apps and games that are uploaded they must go through a series of filters , but that does not mean that it is perfect. Nothing is further from reality. There is always some ‘enlightened’ that manages to bypass Google’s restrictions , and the case we are going to talk about today has already been several times. His name is Android.Reputation1 , and in this article you will know it better.
Android.Reputation1 is a old name on Google Play . It was detected in February 2014 in seven US applications by the boys of, that soon notified Google of the event. The Big G eliminated the apps, but the funny thing is that you they have been reborn with a name “Slightly different and by a new editor” , as the security company states on its blog.
And what did these apps offer? According to Symantec, “Emoji keyboard enhancements, memory cleaners, calculators, app blockers and call recorders” . It is interesting that none of them worked as promised . When the application was installed, “It took several measures to stay on the device, disappear and erase its tracks” .
The Trojan it remained dormant for four hours before starting your malicious activity. That way, he made sure that the user could not associate strange behavior with it. After that time, the app requested administration permissions . To trick the user, as you can see above, he used the Google Play icon. Permits granted the app changed its icon in the launcher and in the “Recent applications” window for a known one , like Google Maps. With all this ready, theit started to work, showing advertising and redirecting to SCAM pages kind “You are the one million visitor!” .
From Symantec they do not comment if the seven applications are still on Google Play or have been deleted . Hopefully, it is the second option. Be that as it may, we return to the usual topic. Do not download applications from unknown developers, look carefully at the comments and make sure the application is what it promises to be. When in doubt, common sense . Google Play Store is a safe place, but not impassable.