Judy malware infects 36.5 million Android users globally!!!
There’s a new piece of Android malware dubbed “Judy” discovered by researchers at Check Point last week. According to Check Point, dozens of malicious apps have been downloaded nearly 4.5 million to 18.5 million times. The total spread of the malware campaign on Google Play may have reached between 8.5 and 36.5 million users.
'Judy' is an auto-clicking adware which was found on 41 apps developed by a Korean company that uses infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the perpetrators behind it. An adware is a software that automatically displays advertising material when a user is online. The code would then use the infected phone to click on Google ads, generating fraudulent revenue for the attacker.
After Check Point notified Google about this threat, they advised these apps were swiftly removed from the Play store. It is unclear how long the malicious code existed inside the apps, hence the actual spread of the malware remains unknown. Researchers also found several apps containing Judy malware developed by other developers on Google Play store.Previously, Android-based devices were hit by similar malware like “FalseGuide” and “Skinner” that also infiltrated through Google Play.