Android malware hid in fake Netflix app and spread through WhatsApp


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Nov 10, 2017
Despite Google's efforts to combat malware on Android, every now and then a new threat slips through the cracks. Researchers at Check Point Research have shared details (via ZDNet) on a threat that could have lured Android users with the promise of free access to Netflix content and spread through WhatsApp.

As noted in the company's blog post, the malware lives in an app called FlixOnline, which was available on the Play Store and promised users the ability to watch Netflix content from all over the world. However, instead of doing that, the app requests a handful of permissions that enable it to steal user data and spread to other users more easily. Once all permissions were granted, the app hid itself from the app launcher so it would be harder to delete.

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