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Squid Game App removed from the Google Play Store, but it might already be too late

Hackers are now piggybacking on Squid Game’s popularity by creating malware-infected apps for users to download.

By Kajoli Anand Puri | Published 25 Oct 2021 23:05 IST
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hackers are creating Squid Game themed malware apps.

  • These apps can steal your personal data as well as banking information.

  • Google has already removed many of these apps from its Playstore.

Squid Game App removed from the Google Play Store, but it might already be too late
Squid Game App removed from the Google Play Store, but it might already be too late

Netflix’s Squid Game has grown to be one of the most popular shows on the OTT platform, garnering $ 891.1 million since its release. Inspiring thousands of memes and quite possibly, thousands of Halloween costumes this year, Squid Game will certainly be one of those iconic shows that are referenced for years to come. Knowing that the hype is at its peak, hackers have developed Squid Game themed malware apps to steal users’ personal data and banking information.

Squid Game App removed from the Google Play Store, but it might already be too late

Squid Game Themed Apps Contain Malware!

Recently, Lukas Stefanko, who works at ESET, uncovered that the app ‘Squid Wallpaper 4K HD’ plays host to the infamous Joker malware. This app has already seen over 5000 installations on users’ smartphones, however, Google has taken it down.

According to Stefanko, the Joker malware allows hackers to send “malicious ad-fraud and/or unwanted SMS subscription actions.” These actions can bombard you with fake transaction messages or ads that inspire you to sign up for premium services. The money you may spend on these services is wired to the hackers. 

Squid Game Themed Apps Contain Malware!

Even though Google has removed this app from the Google PlayStore, it can still function as intended if you have it installed on your smartphone. Stefanko urges all users to delete the app quickly. 

Also Read: Google Chat will now prevent data leaks with its new features

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