More than 10 million users from the official Google Play app
store have downloaded the Updates for Samsung app on their Android smartphones,
which allegedly offers to manage phone firmware updates.
This is reported by the Analytical Center for Strategic and International Studies CSIS, working in the field of cybersecurity. The fake program redirects users to a page with a lot of advertisements that are proposed to be removed for nine dollars.
In addition, the program requires you to pay about $ 35 for a one-year subscription to download Samsung firmware updates.
It is noteworthy that the fraudsters, having received information about the credit cards of users, paid not through GooglePlay, but through a malicious website. At the same time, the firmware download speed is limited to 56 Kbps.
This means that downloading a typical update of about 700 MB will take users at least 4 hours.
However, such a download is doomed to failure, because the Internet connection is constantly interrupted. Experts remind that, for security reasons, Samsung users should follow the traditional procedure for downloading firmware updates: open the Settings app on the Android device and go to the About phone menu > “Software Update”.
Available updates downloaded by this method are guaranteed to come directly from the supplier and are absolutely free. Earlier, Life wrote that Kaspersky discovered a new ransomware virus that requires Windows users to buy back Bitcoins equivalent to $ 2,500.