Experts from mobile security firm Lookout are warning users, especially those from China, of a new Android click fraud family called SimpleTemai. The malicious elements are capable of downloading additional applications and even inflating victims’ data bills. Read More ..
Researchers have identified over 1,700 unique instances of the malware hidden in various strategy and racing games found on Chinese app stores.
Once it’s installed on a device, SimpleTemai can download and rate arbitrary applications from third-party app markets.
The curious thing is that after they’re downloaded, the programs are deleted. This indicates that the cybercriminals behind the campaign are using SimpleTemai to make it appear as if these applications were downloaded by numerous users, thus increasing their apparent popularity.