Beware: Over 5k users downloaded Fake Squid Game App with Malware

As Squid Game became mainstream and ultimately the biggest show ever on Netflix, it took the internet with a storm. The show’s merchandise, memes, and even real-life games have made it to the scene. However, hundreds of these apps are unofficial. One such Squid Game app on the Google Play Store is found to be infected with malware.

Which App? What problem?

One Android Security Engineer first tweeted the details.

The app is no longer available on the Play Store. However, it disguised itself as a ‘Squid Game Wallpaper’ app. Forbes later reported that the ESET Android malware researcher Lukas Stefanjo determined that the app belonged to the Joker malware family. As such, anyone who downloaded the app would become a victim of ad fraud of unauthorized SMS services, like the recent Gifthorse fraud.

Stefanko tweeted that it “seems like a great opportunity to make money on in-app ads from one of the most popular TV show without official game”.

Users should avoid downloading unofficial applications from the App Store, and also not attempt to sideload applications from third-party app stores.


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Rohit Ranjan Praveer

Rohit is a practicing advocate at Delhi. Beginning as a tech enthusiast, Rohit always had a keen interest in computer forensics and information security. Building upon these fundamentals, he has undertaken extensive research on various techno-legal topics and continues his pursuit pass on valuable information to the masses, with a zeal to build something that outlasts him.​

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