Squid Game, Netflix’s newest smash series, has people all over the world enthralled. The show, which cost $21 million to produce, is expected to be worth $891.1 million when it is all said and done. Hackers and malevolent users are working around the clock to take advantage of the show’s growing popularity. Google has banned an app from the Play Store after a security firm discovered it was being used to spread malware. As a result, users will have to uninstall the program from their devices. Continue reading to learn more about protecting your gadgets.
ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko, who analyses malware for the company, discovered the ransomware targeted at viewers of the popular Netflix comedy Squid Game. An application called “Squid Game Wallpaper 4K HD” allegedly distributed malware known as the Joker. This is not the first time the Joker malware has been used to attack viewers and lovers of the new hit series, but it is the first time it has been used to infect an app on the market.
“Malicious ad-fraud and/or unwanted SMS subscription actions” could emerge from the software. If this seems a lot like the Joker malware’s mode of operation, it’s because it does. As a result, users may be subjected to a barrage of adverts in addition to being signed up for expensive premium services.
Even though Google has withdrawn the app from the Play Store, anyone who has downloaded it should do so right away since it poses a security risk to their device. They should also be on the lookout for similar apps that may come in the future and steer clear of programs that have not been officially released by the original corporation, even if the app or game is available for free. According to the study, there are presently over 200 apps on the Play Store with a similar theme, and users should exercise caution while downloading these apps to keep their smartphones safe.