Google has taken down approximately 300 applications from its Play Store after they were spotted as covertly hijacking Android devices to provide traffic for large-scale supplied denial of service ( DDoS ) attacks. This threat was discovered by security experts from numerous internet infrastructure firms. These taken down apps deliver services like ringtones, video players and storage managers with a malware concealed inside the app. The device will be used for DDoS attacks as long as it is stayed switched on.
Researchers at Akamai(cloud services provider) identified a botnet named as WireX after a hospitality firm been inflicted by a DDoS attack affecting a substantial number of IP addresses and Android devices. WireX has comprised Android devices that include active malicious applications built to generate a DDoS attack. DDoS strikes are performed by overpowering a victim with huge levels of data from several IP locations, and they will succeed at bringing down web sites and providers that can’t handle a data flood.
Google stated that they are already taken steps to eradicate the fatal applications from infected devices. Several researchers claimed that over 70,000 devices could be jeopardized with this attack. Akamai has joined up with popular firms like Google, Flashpoint, RiskIQ and other to overcome this peril from expanding even further. There are also reports on some of the WireX strikes also asked for a ransom payment.
It is not the first time we experiencing malware apps in Google play store. It happens to be just another instance of applications bearing virus finding their way to the Store. Not long ago Google removed numerous applications from the play store that included concealed monitoring programs. Having heard about these types of applications sneaking into Store, it is our responsibility to secure our Android device from malware attacks. Check suspicious applications before installing it and make sure that app is safe by checking the permissions that app tries to get on your handset.