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Fraudulent Yandex app found in Google Play

Tuesday 4 September 2018 11:40 CET | News

A fake app for Yandex’s voice assistant, Alisa, has been targeting users that installed the app from Google Play.

The fake Yandex app was found in August 2018 by researchers from Russian security outfit Dr. Web. The scammers used Alisa, the virtual assistant from Yandex, to attract a larger number of victims, to peddle a Trojan that subscribes users to premium services behind their backs.

The malware opens a phishing site and offers the user a reward, asking for their phone number to receive a confirmation code. The code is not for confirming eligibility for the reward, but for completing a subscription to a premium service, which activates the moment the user connects to the internet.

It is unclear how many victims fell for the fake Alisa app, but the number of downloads recorded by all 127 fraudulent apps discovered by Dr. Web amounted to about 10,000, according to Bleeping computer.


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Keywords: Yandex, Google Play, mobile app, payments, malware, Alisa, voice assistant, online security, fraud prevention
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