Researchers have recently discovered 13 fake driving-related apps on the Google Play store with no legitimate functions. The apps were published by Luiz O Pinto and have been installed over 560,000 times. The apps include fire truck simulation, luxury car driving, motocross, and a cargo truck simulator. Once installed, the apps will hide themselves along with their shortcut icon. They will then ask the victim to download and install an additional .APK. Further investigation revealed that the downloaded package was called “Game Center.” If the victim clicks the install button, the apps will display ads without permission when the device is unlocked. There have been reports of the apps causing device shutdowns. Users discovered that the apps were fake and left reviews about the apps. The apps have been reported and have been taken off of the Google Play store at the time of writing this article.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased