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Over 60,000 Android apps infected with adware-pushing malware

June 7, 2023

Bitdefender has uncovered a hidden malware campaign living undetected on mobile devices worldwide for more than six months. The campaign is designed to push adware to Android devices with the purpose of driving revenue.

“However, the threat actors involved can easily switch tactics to redirect users to other types of malware, such as banking trojans to steal credentials and financial information or ransomware,” Bitdefender said in a blog.

To date, the cybersecurity firm has discovered 60,000 unique Android apps infected with the adware and suspects there is much more in the wild. The malware has been live since at least October 2022. It targets users in the US, South Korea, Brazil, Germany, the UK, and France.

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