Google removes a pretend ‘Netflix’ app that’s been spreading malware through WhatsApp

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Google has eliminated a pretend Netflix app from the Play Store that aimed to unfold malware by robotically responding to your WhatsApp messages.

Earlier this yr, the safety agency Check Point Research, discovered that an app named FlixOnline was assuming the look of Netflix, and promising two months of free subscription by means of WhatsApp messages.

However, a hyperlink hooked up to those messages would redirect you to a website to simply seize your particulars, together with your bank card.

Here’s how the malware labored. Once you put in the FlixOnline app from the Play Store, it requested for primarily three kinds of permissions: display screen overlay, battery optimization ignore, and notification. Researchers from Check Point famous that overlay is utilized by malware to create pretend logins and steal person credentials by creating pretend home windows on high of present apps.

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