Research claims Samsung Galaxy Store apps are spreading malware

According to Max Weinbach of Android Police, “Samsung is hosting literal malware on the Galaxy Store.”

It is becoming harder and harder to evade online scams, especially those involving Android applications. According to an analysis from Android Police’s Max Weinbach, Samsung is hosting several infected Android apps on its official Galaxy Store that may insert malware into your phone.

Showbox Movie Apps Laden with Malware

Weinbach came across the shady apps while searching the Galaxy Store for Hulu app noted that several Showbox-based applications were available on the Galaxy Store. Some of them triggered Google Play Protect’s warning after getting installed.

When one of the apps at VirusTotal was examined, it generated more than one dozen low-grade alerts ranging from adware, malware, trojans to riskware. Moreover, a few of these malicious apps requested more permissions, such as accessing call logs, contacts, and the telephone.

The researcher then posted about this on Twitter, and Android Police further explored the issue.

What is the Issue?

Android Police identified that the app Weinbach tweeted about is a replication of an old movie piracy app known as Showbox. Many of these apps were available on the Galaxy Store just

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