Oct 20, 2018 | Updated: 04:34 PM EDT

'Judy' Malware Alert: 36.5 Million Android Devices Reportedly Infected; Google Bringing Remedy Soon

May 29, 2017 05:13 PM EDT


After the enormous threat of WannaCry Ransomware that invaded Microsoft's earlier versions of Windows devices, the fear for malicious attackers has turned into a worrisome matter throughout the world. Just within a month of that happenings, a new malware came into news for emerging over Google's Android platform. The malware, called as "Judy," was reported by the software Security Researchers' team of "Checkpoint."

The firm discovered that about 41 apps available in Google Play Store, titled with Judy, which have already spread malicious threats to more than 36.5 million Google Play Store users. According to News18, The apps, which merely come as fashion games and similar kind of assets, activates as"auto-clicking adware." This means that, when downloaded, these apps take over a user's Android handset or other devices and manipulates automatic clicks on Google Ads for generating ad revenues illegally.

After informing about these attacks to Google, Checkpoint stated in a blog post: "The malicious apps reached an astonishing spread between 4.5 million and 18.5 million downloads. Some of the apps we discovered resided on Google Play for several years, but all were recently updated." Fortune pointed that the Judy lineup of apps was actually by a Korean company named Kiniwini. The entity has been known over Google Play Store with the alias name of ENISTUDIO corp.

According to Checkpoint's overall estimation, the "Judy" malware has been spreading over Android devices since a year back from now, as the primarily suspected app dates back to April 2016. Google has reportedly already started to moving off the malicious and suspicious apps. The search giant has already removed all such reported apps made under the registered name of ENISTUDIO corp. Google is also looking forward to turning down more such apps having suspicious contents, according to potential sources.

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