Judy Malware Potentially infected Up to 36.5M Android Devices

‘Judy’ Malware infects more than 36.5 million Android users

Android World is infected with a  new malware called “Judy” has made its way to the Google Play Store. This malware has already infected around 8.5 to 36.5 million users, says research firm Checkpoint. Google has already been alerted and hence started to remove Apps from play store. Reports says that these apps were present about over an year on the play store.

Checkpoint in its blog said, “It is an auto-clicking adware which was found on 41 apps developed by a Korean company. The malware uses infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the perpetrators behind it.”

There is no report on how long the malicious code was present in side the application . So it is hare to predict the extend of it.

Judy Malware

How: How did “Judy Malware” work?

The apps which were infected are present in Play Store  under the “Judy” brand. Which are not infected  on play store the activity starts after the installation of app as the malicious code was downloaded from a non-Google server after the games were installed in the phone. The apps were cooking and fashion app.The infected phone would incessantly click on Google Ads, generating revenue for its attacker.

Measures: Stringent measures should be taken

The fact that a malware like “Judy” went undetected of the Google Play raises serious questions on the security measures taken by the Internet giant to safeguard its Android Operating System.

With no intention to fuel the age-old Android vs. iOS debate, the fact that Android allows more freedom to its developers, sometimes becomes a crutch rather than a helping hand.

How it Spread

Some developers who borrowed the code from “judy” knowingly or unknowingly were making such infected apps. Report’s says that the last updated app was on April 2016. that means it was from long time.

This shows that Google behaves very lenient to their developers than apple does. Google needs to work on there security to avoid these kind of blunders.

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