NCC Identifies Harmful Apps On Google Play Store, Advises Nigerians Against Downloading, details can be accessed below.
In its latest advisory on the incident, NCC-CSIRT explained that the Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT) has been observing and monitoring the constant introduction of malicious mobile applications into Google Play Store.
It said the Mobile Apps Group has a history of distributing malware-infected apps through the Google Play store. The current batch of apps has already been downloaded over a million times.
NCC-CSIRT listed some of the malicious apps as Bluetooth Auto Connect, Bluetooth App Sender, Driver: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB and Mobile transfer: smart switch.
“The apps will delay the display of ads for up to three days after installation to avoid detection. However, once this period has passed, the user is bombarded with advertisements and is directed to malicious phishing websites in the Chrome browser. While the device is idle, the malicious app can open Chrome tabs in the background. Some of the sites it opens may appear to be harmless, but they are pay-per-click pages that generate revenue for the developers when clicked on,” NCC-CSIRT advised.
How it affects users:
According to the advisory, the consequences of installing the apps include being bombarded with advertisements and theft of sensitive user data. Clicking on the ads will result in the stealth download or installation of additional malware, which jeopardises users’ privacy and personal data.
“These unpleasant consequences are avoidable when users refrain from downloading apps developed by Mobile apps Group and ensure to read app reviews before installing any app. Other proffered solutions are for users that may have installed any of the identified malicious apps to immediately uninstall them and to install up-to-date anti-malware solutions to detect and remove malware,” the NCC-CSIRT stated.
NCC-CSIRT rated the malicious activities of the offending apps as high in probability and potential to do damage.
What you need to know About the NCC CSIRT
The CSIRT is the telecom sector’s cyber security incidence centre set up by the NCC to focus on incidents in the telecom sector and as they may affect telecom consumers and citizens at large.
The CSIRT also works collaboratively with ngCERT, established by the Federal Government to reduce the volume of future computer risk incidents by preparing, protecting, and securing Nigerian cyberspace to forestall attacks, and problems or related events.