HummingBad, an Android malware estimated to have touched over 85 million devices worldwide, was recently found in 46 new applications, 20 of which had even made their way into the official Play Store, passing Google’s security checks. ‘HummingBad’
Android malware briefly returns as approved ‘Whale Camera’ Play Store app. HummingBad, the malware that surfaced in February 2016 and earned its creators up to $300,000 per month in ad fraud revenue.
In terms of Android malware, HummingBad is the biggest player active today, accounting for 72% of all mobile infections.
HummingWhale works by showing unwanted ads to its victims, but when users move in to close the ad, the malware opens a virtual machine and installs the advertised app inside it. This way HummingBad authors earn revenue in pay-per-install affiliate programs and install as many apps on infected devices without polluting the device’s application list.
Furthermore, HummingWhale gained another feature, which was the ability to post reviews and ratings on the Google Play Store on behalf of infected users, a tactic used to earn an extra revenue or give a boost to other malicious apps.
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