More than half a million Android users installed malware disguised as smartphone games—right from the Google Play store. Mainly posing as a driving game, the malware was found in as many as 13 apps, according to tweets from ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko.
This is not the first time malware has made its way onto Android applications. From the Android Monero-mining malware, the Android Facebook-hacking malware, the Loapi Android malware, and more, the company can’t seem to catch a break.
Stefanko’s tweets provided screenshots of the affected games, which were all made by the developer named Luiz Pinto. Before Google took the apps down, two had even reached Google Play store’s trending section, Stefanko added.