The Squid Game has set the internet on fire. With Netflix protesting in everyone's language, people are rushing to download everything and anything related to the Korean show, including the Play Store wallpaper app, which is riddled with malware.
There are no official apps for Squid games—except for Netflix of course—but ESET Android malware researcher Lucas Stefanko tweeted that there were over 200 apps in the Play Store, and at least one of them was another malware. Exceeds Google's warranties.
More than 200# SquidGame related apps are available on Google Play. Seems like a great opportunity to monetize in-app ads from one of the most popular casual TV games. The maximum number of downloads reached 10 million in 10 days. Game not working well pic.twitter.com/gCOYXXaVHY- LukasStefanko October 19, 2021
Forbes reports that an Android security researcher has discovered the background of the Squid game using the ReBensk handle The software was subsequently analyzed by Stefanko and both concluded that the trademark was Joker malware.
We've seen Joker on the Play Store many times before. The company can register its victims in premium subscription services by simulating the registration process. It can also steal SMS messages, contact list, and device information. In 2019, it was identified in 24 apps with more than 472,000 downloads, and last year 64 new variants appeared in the Google Store window.
In this case, the joker targeted the victims with ad fraud and registered them at an exorbitant price. SMS services without their knowledge. The good news is that Google has identified and removed the app from the store, but at least 5,000 times before downloading.
It is always best to be careful of unofficial software that uses something. Be it games, movies or TV shows. The "mobile version" of Cyberpunk 2077 arrived shortly after the game's release, which turned out to be ransomware.
Stefanko noted that other Squid Game apps he reviewed were free of malware, although they were packed. Benign ads but always worth checking out to make sure what you're downloading is up to date.
Squid, which has been downloaded thousands of times, was actually a Joker malware converter