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Brain Test Malware Infects 13 Google Play Store Apps

Google has expelled 13 Android apps from its Play marketplace after security researchers discovered that these apps downloaded illegal contents and tried to gain root privileges permitting them to endure factory resets.

Honeycomb, one of the 13 malicious apps discovered by the mobile security provider, had as many as one million downloads before it was detached. The apps blew own trumpet for having several downloads and highly favorable ratings by users, apparently thanks to the skill of one app to download other app automatically and then leave excellent reviews of users about them.

The original Brain Test malware infected Android smartphones aiming to gain root privileges and then install unsolicited applications without the knowledge of the user.

There are app linked programs which reward website owners and users according to pay-per-install scheme. The authors of malware are earning profit by infecting smartphones and imposing unsolicited apps even if the apps discreetly pressed are not malicious in nature.

The new variant of Brain test malware was also revised to rate other apps which are infected by Brain Test malware, to enable them to gain better status.

Its main objective is to download and install extra APKs according to instructions of C7C server, with the final goal to make money for its author by assuring installation of application for keen developers.

Moreover, core features of the infected app were not disturbed to make users not to detect the infection caused by the malware through broken or buggy features. Most of the users never suspected of any infected Android apps because these are simple, funny and fully functional. The apps were found to be downloading other apps illegally; their design enabled them to carry out several deceitful actions.

The best alternative to remove Brain Test apps is to keep worthy data as a backup and then reflash the ROM delivered by the maker of the device. As usual, people should always be cautious and alert while downloading Android apps and should be careful even if apps have been admitted to Google Play and enjoy many positive reviews because there is no guarantee of trustworthiness.

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