The latest Android malware campaign to wend its way through Google’s Play marketplace can leverage victims’ phones for ad fraud, carry out DDoS attacks, send spam, and more, researchers warn.
Dubbed Viking Horde, the campaign ropes Android devices into a botnet without their owners being any the wiser. A handful of apps that spread the malware family have managed to sneak into Play under Google’s watch – the most popular being a game named Viking Jump, according to researchers at Check Point, who discovered the family of malware and described it in detail earlier this week.
The malware has also reportedly spread through apps named Memory Booster, Parrot Copter, Simple 2048, and WiFi Plus. Before it was removed, Viking Jump was the most popular of the apps, garnering 50,000 to 100,000 downloads. The app even became a “top free app” in some markets.