Over 10 million users have downloaded this fake ‘Samsung’ app

App Store Generated 80% More Revenue than the Play Store in H1, 2019

Falling on the same line, a new report from CSIS Security Group reveals that a fake app called 'Updates for Samsung' has been downloaded on a device by over 10 million users.

Global spending on mobile apps and games reportedly continued to grow throughout the first half of this year, with Apple's App Store continuing to dominate Google Play by a large margin.

Although "first time installs" decreased to 14.8 billion, App Store downloads rose in the second 2019 quarter by more than 3% on 2018.

This app has exploited users' trust as it takes advantage of the difficulty faced in getting firmware and OS updates for Samsung smartphones; therefore the vast amount of people who have installed it. But then, the app is not affiliated with Samsung and is a scam that loads the update [.] com domain in a WebView (Android browser) component.

"Besides being stuffed with advertisement frameworks and not being affiliated with Samsung (yet distributing their firmware), the app offers paid subscriptions for the downloads of the said firmware", Kuprins wrote.

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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.

Rummaging through the app's reviews, one can see hundreds of users complaining that the site is an ad-infested hellhole where majority can't find what they're looking - and that's only when the app works and doesn't crash. However, the arrangements are not being carried out via the official Google Play store, but users are rather prompted to enter their credit card details directly, which can compromise users'security. Therefore, find an application that works and pay for it - software developers can not work for free. Surprisingly, the fake app seems to be removed from the Play Store.

The most downloadable apps in the App Store and Google Play turned out to be WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, TikTok and Instagram.

For your information, while Apple made more money, Google saw more installs on the Play Store. However, upon opening, the app redirects users to ad-filled websites.

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