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 “auto-clicking adware,” on their smartphone.
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|