Thursday, April 8, 2021 19:00 (GMT + 7)
This malicious application takes advantage of the famous Netflix brand name to trick users, even viewing WhatsApp as a tool to spread phishing.
Found by a team at Check Point Research, the app called FlixOnline lurks in the Google Play Store, uses Netflix images to engage people and promises to let users watch Netflix content from around the world. world on their smartphones. However, if the user downloads this app and “accidentally” grants it the appropriate permissions, it has the ability to automatically reply to the victim’s incoming WhatsApp messages and be controlled by the crook. This unique method allows an attacker to spread phishing attacks, misinformation or steal credentials and data from a user’s WhatsApp account, etc.
The app uses the temptation to watch Netflix for 2 months free to trick users.
And yet, it will also try to recreate itself by sending messages to the victim’s WhatsApp contacts that look completely unlike what the average person texted their friends. The announcement read “2 Months of Netflix Premium Free at no cost For REASON OF QUARANTINE (CORONA VIRUS) * Get 2 Months of Netflix Premium Free anywhere in the world for 60 days. Get it now HERE ”.
If clicking on the link at the end of that sentence, the Check Point team says that the attackers behind this could have:
Spreading additional malware through malicious links.
Stealing data from a user’s WhatsApp account.
Spreading fake or malicious messages to users’ groups and WhatsApp contacts, such as work-related groups.
– Users get blackmailed by threatening to send sensitive WhatsApp data or chats to all their contacts.
Approximately 500 people downloaded the app before it was removed from the Google Play Store.
It doesn’t seem like many people fell for this app scam before Google took it offline. In more than 2 months in the Google Play Store, the app was downloaded about 500 times before Google removed the app after being notified by Check Point Research. However, just because Google has removed it from its own app store doesn’t mean users will. They need to do this before it’s too late.
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