McAfee Identifies Apps with Hidden Malware to Remove from Your Phone Immediately

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.11 - 2024 11:23 AM CET

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McAfee Identifies Apps with Hidden Malware to Remove from Your Phone Immediately.

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Mobile phone users need to be cautious, as the McAfee team has identified 25 apps containing the Xamalicious malware.

According to Greek Flash.gr, The McAfee Mobile Research Team has named the new malicious software "Xamalicious" because it utilizes an open-source mobile application framework called Xamarin and abuses the operating system's accessibility rights.

It is also capable of collecting metadata about the compromised device and communicating with a Command and Control (C2) server to retrieve a second-stage payload, but only after verifying if it matches the account.

While Google has removed these apps from the Google Play Store, they continue to be available on third-party app stores.

The apps carrying this malware family gain accessibility rights, allowing the user's device to communicate with a server without the owners' knowledge.

Although these apps are no longer available on the Play Store, if you have installed any of them, you should remove them:

  • Essential Horoscope for Android – 100,000 downloads

  • 3D Skin Editor for PE Minecraft – 100,000 downloads

  • Logo Maker Pro – 100,000 downloads

  • Auto Click Repeater – 10,000 downloads

  • Count Easy Calorie Calculator – 10,000 downloads

  • Sound Volume Extender – 5,000 downloads

  • LetterLink – 1,000 downloads

  • NUMEROLOGY: PERSONAL HOROSCOPE &NUMBER PREDICTIONS – 1,000 downloads

  • Step Keeper: Easy Pedometer – 500 downloads

  • Track Your Sleep – 500 downloads

  • Sound Volume Booster – 100 downloads

  • Astrological Navigator: Daily Horoscope & Tarot – 100 downloads

  • Universal Calculator – 100 downloads

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