Researchers expose massive mobile adware and data stealing campaigns with 250 million downloads

Check Point Research has uncovered two massive mobile adware and data stealing campaigns, which have already had over 250 million downloads combined globally. Both target mobiles using Android, and exploit the mobile app development supply chain to infect devices and perform malicious actions.

SimBad’s malicious ads

SimBad is a massive mobile adware campaign that has already had 147 million downloads across 210 infected apps on the Google Play Store. Called SimBad because most of the infected apps are simulator games, the worldwide campaign makes phone usage unbearable to users by displaying countless ads outside of the app, with no visible way to uninstall the incriminating apps.

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