10Mn+ Users Fooled By Fake Samsung App That Charged For Updates

10Mn+ Users Fooled By Fake Samsung App That Charged For Updates

Basically it's a dodgy app that has attracted millions of users through Google's official app store because Samsung isn't providing firmware updates to users itself.

The second approach - exploiting the fact that firmware updates are hard to come by - appears to be what has made the app "Updates for Samsung - Android Update Versions" so popular. This poses a threat to users as their payment data may get intercepted or logged by third-party sites rather than being encrypted by Google's secure and protected payment channel.

Over ten million users have been duped in installing a fake Samsung app named "Updates for Samsung" that promises firmware updates, but, in reality, redirects users to an ad-filled website and charges for firmware downloads.

Recent firmware update on Smartphone phone went wrong on several of Samsung users.

According to a malware analyst from CSIS Security Group, the app limits the speed of free downloads to 56KBps and the downloads eventually time out.

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The app takes advantage of the difficulty in getting firmware and operating system updates for Samsung phones, hence the high number of users who have installed it. However, during the tests conducted by Kuprins, the download simply froze at some point, and the completion could be never achieved, even with a stable connection.

The app has over 10 million downloads, according to the Google Play Store, and a four-star rating. Also, the top three apps by global downloads remained unchanged from H1 2018 says Sensor Tower. This bogus site suggests both free and paid Samsung software updates to the people.

Krupins found this app when he queried the Play Store for the word "update" believing that he would come across some malicious apps.

They suggest that Apple generated nearly twice as much revenue as the Google Play Store in the first part of 2019, despite Android holding a significantly larger market share with billions of users around the world - and more apps on its Play Store, too.

"A user can get an annual subscription for Samsung firmware update downloads for a small fee of $34.99".

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