Thirteen apps removed from the Google Play Store were infected with malware

Thirteen apps removed from the Google Play Store were part of a malware chain called Brain Test. The apps looked harmless to users and to the Android operating system itself, but were poised to do terrible things. These malicious apps would get installed on an Android device where they would attempt to gain root access. These apps also helped install other malware infected apps on the same device, unbeknownst to the owner of the phone. Because the original 13 apps were games that some found fun to play, it was easy for them to find Android users to install them.

These infected apps were able to create phony reviews on the Google Play Store, enticing other Android users to install them. And with rooted phones, even a factory reset wouldn't remove them. In that case, users would have to flash a clean build of Android from a Factory Image onto their phones. At the time detected, these apps were in the process of installing other infected apps on various units. Had they not been spotted, the damage to infected handsets could have been immense.

The chart at the top of this article lists the 13 apps that were kicked out of the Google Play Store. Make sure none of them are installed on your phone. The motive, by the way, is money. The hackers behind Brain Trust sell a guaranteed number of app installations to developers. By creating the malware, these hackers can meet their promises to these developers, earning them big bucks. Some of the apps had 500,000 installations or more, with a (bogus) 4.5 rating.
source: Lookout via RedmondPie



1. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

where is candy crush!!?

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And Facebook and anything Google does.

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Thirteen, the illuminati number

12. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

they removed 13 apps on Friday....

58. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Seriously? Facebook is spyware because its lets people spy on you openly, so I will give you that one. But Google? Really? What's your search engine of choice? Be honest! What about Maps? No one has a better Maps over Google. Not even Rand/McNally. The rest of the Google apps I will give you benefit of the doubt because Newstand, Google+, Movie/Music are all useless. But Maps and PlayStore are ok.

59. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Angry ____ ! Whatever app that begins with Angry anything is also infectious!

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And they said the Play Store was safe.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nothing Is Safe Especially Internet Related Things.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You live up to your username yet again.

48. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

awww butthurt and making the same lame comment again.. At least you are consistent ;)

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're pretty consistent with not having a clue about anything. Perhaps it's time you actually bought one.

54. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Awww there there it's okay, you are funny.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You are clueless.

56. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Here's a +1 for effort ;)

60. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You need to be a PA writer. They always wanna attack Android when there was an article that showed, of all the operating systems for 2014, iOS and Mac OS X were the top vulnerabilities patched operating systems that required the most patches to fix. While Android and Windows which have MORE users had less...far and away less. Mac OS X had 147 vulnerabilities, while iOS has 127. Windows 7 which is still the most use desktop OS, has less than 1/3. Yet 60% of Windows users are still on Windows 7. Android 6 total vulnerabilities 4 high severity 1 medium severity 1 low severity It is important to note that Android is based on Linux Kernel too and some of those vulnerabilities apply to Android as well. The malware on Android devices is usually spread via applications installed on the devices rather than via holes in the operating system. Another question: where is Safari? Are Safari vulnerabilities included in OS X counts? The answer is no. Safari vulnerabilities are counted separately as is the case with the other web browsers. The reason why Safari is not listed is because it did not make it to the top of the list (it does have a large number of vulnerabilities, but only three of them are high severity): Safari 70 total vulnerabilities 3 high severity 67 medium severity 0 low severity To be fair, Internet Explorer is still the vulnerability king.

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Stop trolling mxy, I'm not on their side but clearly you are frequently getting owned recently.

35. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It is pretty safe. Google has said only 0.001% of apps in the Play Store had malware, these 13 were a part of that statistic. Even if users did install these apps, the chances of their devices actually getting infected and becoming unstable because of it are minuscule because of device specific protection (e.g., Knox).

36. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Right! Like how iCloud was safe up until all those naked pictures started popping up all over the Internet. I go away for a year, come back and you're still spewing the same old tired "I hate Android" lines. C'mon Son!

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You forgot to mention that it wasn't malware or hacking, it was bad passwords, and a passreset that wasn't great. And you also forgot to mention that during that same time frame....MILLIONS of gmails were compromised, Google stated they were old unused etc type of accounts, which then puts the onus on googles bogus numbers of users. At the end of the day, people wanted to see the nudes from apple users...not so much the nudes from it's Google users you know..... Stay sane my friend

49. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Oh, yeah. Android troll number two. Dude, quit taking notes from the Steve Jobs handbook (they were using it wrong). Blame it on whatever your fanboy mind wants but the bottom line is iCloud was hacked! I know you don't want to admit it but apple is not perfect. I have no problem admiring Android isn't perfect. Apple and Google has had security issues, but you just can't admit your golden calf(I know your iPhone is gold, don't even try it) isn't God. Good day sir.

50. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Oh and I also forgot to mention one of the few times malware-vulnerabilities found in the App Store. So here you go...

57. linuxbeastmaster

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

The statistics show, 13 of 1.2 Million apps? I am convinced that we're safe. When in doubt don't root, flash the rom or have your phone place do it.

61. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

PA is being paid by Apple to relay as many bad thinsg about Android if at all possible, which takes away attention to the fact iOS is more vulnerable to attacks because all of them must be handled by Appel only and they can't keep up and some are left to go unnoticed for months. With Android, being NIX based; any coder can provide a fix and Google does accept fixes from 3rd parties and many even get paid for providing that fix, as does Microsoft. Apple? NO! How many times has Cydia jailbreaking foudn holes in iOS? Every single version basically up to iOS 9. How much did Apple pay them for finding those exploits which they patch in the next iOS version? nOT A FRIKKIN DIME! Yet they have over $200B in cash reserves. Compared to Google, Apple and Microsoft; Apple cares less for its customers who spend more money to buy their crap. Now watch all the Apple-protectionists come out and try to blast my post. Looking at you first MXY!

62. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who? Look at the numbers fool. 13 apps out of 1.2million were foufn to be flawed. While Apple knew of over 4000 apps in the app store that were flawed and yet has not removed all of them...yet! As I assume they will. But they arent going to tell you because their app validation process is suppose to catch them. See not even your bloody Apple os perfect. Please read At take no credit for this link. It was posted below and I read it. Same on Apple for pushing PA and others to hide this info, and instead pay PA to make every possible article to shame Google and Android. 4000 apps as of November 2015 were flawed vs only 13 for Android. Imagine fool. An app that can be installed without showing a icon for it. hsn't happened to my knowledge on Android. Effects phones that arent even jailbroken. Wow! Scary! The other problem is very simple and please understand this. No rogue app is EVER suppose to be allowed to be installed on a Unix based operating system without the knowledge of the user...EVER! Apple uses what i call a quiet install policy where basically they take responsibility if your crap gets screwed up. So you have to "trust" them. Problem, when you install an app on iOS, you have no idea what it does, what it will access, what it will effect or nothing. At least EVERY Android app require YOU the user give the it permission first to install, it lists everything the app is suppose to access whether you read it or not. I am not saying a dev can't hide malware because it has been done on both. But at least you get to give some type of credence to what is goign to happen next. if the most widely uses platforms require your attention to such details, what makes Apple think they will do a better job when their motto by default has been security through obscurity? Please explain! I can't wait for your reply, if I even get one.

6. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Wow never thought Google have quality control, kudos at least :)

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@AkoSiKuting WOW! I though the same about Apple App Store! Turns out, nothing is safe...

7. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

This is why I don't like android, too messy and viruses galore.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@BradyCrack Well, do you remember what happened to Apple App Store in September, 2015? It's just that Apple never disclose it publically... Or try to suppress the news at the very least...

16. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

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