‘AbstractEmu’ malware found on 19 applications | 10,000 downloads before it was deleted


(Photo: Image from Unsplash website) Malware ‘AbstractEmu’ found on 19 applications | 10,000 downloads before it was deleted

The “AbstractEmu” malware was recently discovered on 19 different applications. These apps were all reportedly downloaded over 10,000 times before they were finally deleted.

‘AbstractEmu’ malware found on 19 applications

A brand new report from To look for reportedly mentioned that there is now new malware that has made its way into Android app stores called “AbstractEmu”. The particular malware has not only appeared on the Amazon Appstore, but also on the Google Play Store and the Samsung Galaxy Store, among others.

The particular malware was said to have been found on 19 different applications and to have been downloaded collectively over 10,000 before it was finally removed. Google was reportedly notified by Lookout and even took the necessary action quickly.

Malware found in utility applications

The particular malware was actually placed on said app stores via utility apps. Password manager apps, data saver apps, app launchers and more. All of the said applications were all functional, according to Lookout, but they still hid the “AbstractEmu” malware. Researchers were able to find a code error in the BlackMatter ransomware causing the potential loss of millions of payments.

“AbstractEmu” would work by gaining root access to the Android device, so that it can easily change the device’s own settings. It would be able to reset the device password, lock users’ phones, capture screenshots, monitor notifications, and even record the device screen.

Malware remains rare on Android

According to story by AndroidHeadlinesLookout now notes that malware with certain root capabilities is still quite rare on Android. However, it can be very dangerous. This type of malware can actually grant itself dangerous permissions and even cause massive damage.

Users should always keep their own device up to date and be extra careful with what they download. On top of everything, users should stick to official app stores and if a certain app looks suspicious, users should not install it. Recently, the Squid Game app was found to be riddled with “wild card” malware as a cybersecurity researcher warned users of hacker access.

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Complete list of infected applications

One of the said malware-containing applications is known as “Lite Launcher” and has already registered around 10,000 downloads. If users want to access the full list of apps that would have been affected by the malware, check it out here. It has been noted that there have been various types of exploits recently, but there are still those with root access that are considered the worst.

It has been noted that this is not really phishing malware or something similar. Once users download the app and also give it the necessary permission, it will be able to do more damage, without phishing with SMS scams and the like. Users should pay attention to which apps to install and stick to official app stores only.

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