Why you should avoid Star Hop and Candy Link in Google Play
When you see them in Google Play, Star Hop and Candy Link look like a couple of harmless games. But they hide malware that can switch on the wifi on your Android device’s and pummel you with spam.
SophosLabs researchers uncovered the apps – which have been downloaded some 50,000 times so far – during routine testing.
Star Hop is a game where the goal is to tap on two or more adjacent stars to destroy them.
Candy Link is billed as a game that helps users improve their concentration and cognitive abilities.
Researcher Rowland Yu said the apps hide malware SophosLabs has detected as Andr/Axent-EH. It appears the apps have been available on Google Play since March 2017.
The malware family is able to:
- Drop a malicious payload
- Enable wifi if it is off
- Connect to malicious remote websites
- Load spam messages on the home screen
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