Cybersecurity experts have issued a warning about a fake version of the Netflix app for Android. The fake app allows hackers to activate the microphone and camera on infected phones. Also, the app can collect data from the device, giving hackers access to photos, text messages, and contact lists. Not to mention, the app has the ability to delete antivirus software off an infected phone.
Cybersecurity experts Zscaler describes in a report the new piece of spyware. Shivang Desai, a security researcher explains:
“As soon as the user clicks the spywares icon for the first time, nothing seems to happen and the icon disappears from the home screen. This is a common trick played by malware developers, making the user think the app may have been removed. But, behind the scenes, the malware has not been removed; instead it starts preparing its onslaught of attacks.”
The iOS and Android apps for Netflix are enormously popular, effectively turning a mobile device into a television with which users can stream full movies and TV programs anytime, anywhere. But the apps, with their many millions of users, have captured the attention of the bad actors, too, who are exploiting the popularity of Netflix to spread malware.”
How to avoid getting hacked
The app has been found in unofficial app stores and Zscaler recommends only installing apps from official app stores such as Google Play.