Etinu, Like Brata Is Targeting Android Users Now

The Google’s play store is the Android’s official app store for most of the users. Most of them trust it regarding the security of the app. But there has been infiltration in the Play Store by fake malicious applications which make trusting these sources difficult.

The Campaign- 

Android users of Arabian Peninsula and the Southwest Asia are being targeted by another set of malicious application that could find its way to the Google Play Store. These applications pose as various utility application such as wallpaper, puzzles, photo editor and other application related to the camera. Before being detected and taken down, it was downloaded around 700,000 times. 

Other Such Malicious Apps on the Play Store-

  • Recently, Brata malware was detected to be posing as app security scanner in the Play Store.
  • A third-party application with the name APKPure was infected with malware which had the capability to download trojan to other android devices.
  • Huawei’s official store for android application named AppGallery was breached by as many as 10 application that were infected with Joker malware.

There are 3 million apps in the play store and moreover, hundreds of thousands of submissions are initiated every day. With this volume of requests, it is difficult for Google to spot and stop malicious app in the play store, at least it is not possible to spot them all at once. The malicious application lurking in the app stores pose great danger to  the Android users.


Google could not keep up in the prevention of malware from getting into the play store. These app easily gets into the mobile phones of the users. So it is recommended that mobile users should download only legitimate application for wallpapers and photos. Moreover, these apps never asks for Notification Listener or SMS-related permissions. If any apps asks for them and looks suspicious, then it surely is.

By Hrithik Lall

IEMLabs is an ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2015 certified company, we are also a proud member of EC Council, NASSCOM, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The company was established in 2016 with a vision in mind to provide Cyber Security to the digital world and make them Hack Proof. The question is why are we suddenly talking about Cyber Security and all this stuff? With the development of technology, more and more companies are shifting their business to Digital World which is resulting in the increase in Cyber Crimes.

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