The research team at Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention has discovered a new malware in Google Play Store. They have named the malware “DressCode”. According to the research, DressCode Malware Discovered in 40 Google Play Store Apps. Not only this that malware is also infecting devices through 400 more third party app stores all around the internet.
DressCode Malware Discovered in 40 Google Play Store Apps
DressCode basically creates a botnet. A botnet is a group of devices controlled by hackers without the knowledge of their owners. DressCode converts infected apps into proxy servers, thereby creating a botnet. The attackers then conduct secondary attacks, including stealing sensitive data from victims.
Check Point researchers said:
“Once installed on the device, DressCode initiates communication with its command and control server. Currently, after the initial connection is established, the C&C server orders the malware to ‘sleep’, to keep it dormant until there’s a use for the infected device. When the attacker wants to activate the malware, he can turn the device into a socks proxy, rerouting traffic through it.”
Google has taken down these apps that were reported, and you might have installed one of them. You can also check the list of all infected apps in google Play Store by clicking Here