Be careful about what you’re downloading on your phone: Nearly a dozen “well-designed,” cash-stealing apps have reportedly been uploaded to the Google Play store recently.
These apps, which started cropping up at the beginning of this year, imitate banking and payment apps to collect private information from users, according to security researcher Joshua Shilko.
This is basically the oldest trick in the book, as far as online scams go. But what makes this situation somewhat unique is that the bogus apps are officially available on the Google Play store, where you’d expect to download apps safely.
A spokesperson for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post. Shilko, who works for an anti-fraud company that profits from brands that want to secure themselves against attacks, did not name the malicious apps in his blog post on the matter.