April 17, 2021 5:37 pm

Millions of Android smartphones may be affected with Judy malware, Google forced to remove infected apps from Play Store

Google removed apps that uses Judy malware to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the malware creator

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Global search giant Google removed fourty-one apps infected with malicious Judy malware from Google Play Store.  According to reports, the malware – Judy – was published by South Korean gaming studio Kiniwini under the name ENISTUDIO Corp.

The malware uses infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the malware creator. As of now there is no clarity on how the malicious code was published by ENISTUDIO Corp.

According to reports, this apps have been available in Google’s Play Store for years and it had a large amount of downloads between four and 18 million.

Although Google has removed infected apps but cybersecurity firms Checkpoint said that up to 36.5 million people may have downloaded the “-clicking adware,” on their .

Google Android is more open and adaptable system and it is being used on 1.4 billion phones across the world but according to expert, it is also a system which is easier to infiltrate than iOS-based devices.

To increase security and ensure proper protection, recently Google revealed “Play Protect,” a service that scans Android devices “around the clock” to ensure proper protection.

Affected Apps with Judy Malware

Animal Judy: Persian Cat Care
Fashion Judy: Pretty Rapper
Fashion Judy: Teacher Style
Animal Judy: Dragon Care
Chef Judy: Halloween Cookies
Fashion Judy: Wedding Party
Animal Judy: Teddy Bear Care
Fashion Judy: Bunny Girl Style
Fashion Judy: Frozen Princess
Chef Judy: Triangular Kimbap
Chef Judy: Udong Maker – Cook
Fashion Judy: Uniform Style
Animal Judy: Rabbit Care
Fashion Judy: Vampire Style
Animal Judy: Nine-Tailed Fox
Chef Judy: Jelly Maker – Cook
Chef Judy: Chicken Maker
Animal Judy: Sea Otter Care
Animal Judy: Elephant Care
Judy’s Happy House
Chef Judy: Hot Dog Maker – Cook
Chef Judy: Birthday Food Maker
Fashion Judy: Wedding Day
Fashion Judy: Waitress Style
Chef Judy: Character Lunch
Chef Judy: Picnic Lunch Maker
Animal Judy: Rudolph Care
Judy’s Hospital: Pediatrics
Fashion Judy: Country Style
Animal Judy: Feral Cat Care
Fashion Judy: Twice Style
Fashion Judy: Myth Style
Animal Judy: Fennec Fox Care
Animal Judy: Dog Care
Fashion Judy: Couple Style
Animal Judy: Cat Care
Fashion Judy: Halloween Style
Fashion Judy: EXO Style
Chef Judy: Dalgona Maker
Chef Judy: Service Station Food
Judy’s Spa Salon

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