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.

More news: Tomic fined for not meeting ‘professional standards’ in loss

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.

Related News:

  • FDA Issues Warning About Possible Salmonella in Some Pig Ear Dog Treats

    FDA Issues Warning About Possible Salmonella in Some Pig Ear Dog Treats

    To avoid salmonella , the CDC warns people not to feed raw diets , which include pig ear treats, to dogs . In pets, salmonella can cause lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
    Russell Westbrook Trade Rumors: 3 Chicago Bulls package deals

    Russell Westbrook Trade Rumors: 3 Chicago Bulls package deals

    Still, it's wild to think of what a Leonard-George-Westbrook trio playing in Toronto would have looked like. He averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists for the Thunder last season.
    Wizards trade Howard to Grizz for Miles

    Wizards trade Howard to Grizz for Miles

    Howard, who already has played for six teams, is owed $5.6 million for next season after exercising his player option in April. Howard's time with the team was brief but never lacked intrigue on and off the court (more so the latter).
  • 'Multiple' injuries in gas explosion at United States  mall: Authorities

    'Multiple' injuries in gas explosion at United States mall: Authorities

    Gas lines in the mall had to be secured before first responders encountered the victims scattered throughout the complex. Gordon said at a news conference that everyone has been accounted for. "We know that there were two that were serious".
    Andy Murray’s hopes rest on Serena Williams after men’s doubles defeat

    Andy Murray’s hopes rest on Serena Williams after men’s doubles defeat

    The royal looked happy and relaxed during the match and she also made a sweet gesture for her baby son Archie during the outing. Murray and Williams practised for the first time together yesterday, in front of family and journalists.
    Kyrgios makes revealing Wimbledon confession

    Kyrgios makes revealing Wimbledon confession

    Rafael Nadal savoured a hard-fought victory over Nick Kyrgios on Centre Court in a Wimbledon match full of needle. But when he was nearly hit by that ball, he glared at Kyrgios long and hard.
  • America expects yet Dutch may surprise in WC final

    America expects yet Dutch may surprise in WC final

    Soccer Federation for equal pay with the men's team , which was hanging there because of the women's world cup. The one factor the United States team does have over the Oranjeleeuwinnen going into this match is experience.
    Copa America: Peru stun champions Chile 3-0 to reach final

    Copa America: Peru stun champions Chile 3-0 to reach final

    Despite a team without the same quality as Chile , it was Peru who got off to a good start and dominated the match early on. None of the players are injured for Peru and the key players of the team are Paulo Guerrero, Christian Cueva.
    If England reach final

    If England reach final

    Australia won three and South Africa won one as one match was tied. "Their work ethic, grit and passion has been a credit them". The fourth spot landed in the lap of New Zealand , who are on 11 points and can only finish fourth.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow Does Not Remember Sebastian Stan, Her Work in the MCU

    Gwyneth Paltrow Does Not Remember Sebastian Stan, Her Work in the MCU

    Stan showed gratitude for the invite to his first couture show in his comments before throwing some shade on Paltrow. Since then, both stars appeared in "Avengers: Infinity War " and " Avengers: Endgame ".
    Gears 5 Technical Test Start Date, Time, Modes and More Revealed

    Gears 5 Technical Test Start Date, Time, Modes and More Revealed

    For those looking to partake in the technical test on PC, you can refer to the chart below to see if your PC is up to the task. Bootcamp mode is a training mode, where players can practice up their skills while learning new mechanics in Gears 5 .
    'Multiple patients' in explosion at Plantation, Florida, shopping center

    'Multiple patients' in explosion at Plantation, Florida, shopping center

    A major explosion rocked the Fountains shopping center in Plantation, Florida , blowing out windows inside an LA Fitness business. A vacant restaurant exploded in a Florida shopping center Saturday, damaging neighboring businesses and sending debris flying.


Most liked

Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios admits deliberately hitting ball at Rafael Nadal
Kyrgios had set the tone for the second round clash by stating: "We have mutual respect - but that's about it". Nadal acknowledged Kyrgios' antics but said he didn't want to comment on them.

Union Budget 2019-20: Tax break to rev up electric vehicle sales
It addresses the concern of the upfront cost of purchasing electric vehicles and is the best example of a consumer-driven change. It will help in the creation of a local manufacturing base and encourage component manufacturers to invest in the sector.

#FOS: CONFIRMED! Lexus Shows Off The PRODUCTION LC Convertible
Note that the conceptual model was presented at the beginning of this year at the auto show in Detroit. The Lexus LC Convertible looks quite similar to it's concept form.

Local professor says '50/50' chance citizenship question appears on 2020 census
Meanwhile, they added, they are taking no actions that conflict with decisions that Furman and the Supreme Court have made. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that officials were working through the holiday.

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Arrested, Accused of Sex Trafficking Minors, Sources Say
Dershowitz, the Miami Herald Co. and an independent blogger, Michael Cernovich, sought the unsealing of records in the case. The deal was negotiated between Epstein's lawyers and then-Southern District Attorney for Florida Alexander Acosta.

Google camera app reveals the purpose of Pixel 4’s second lens
Now, the latest discovery in the Google Camera app hints at the possibility of Pixel 4 having a rear telephoto lens. They also further uncovered a list of camera sensors the Google Camera app can choose from.

Bafana Bafana stun hosts Egypt at Afcon
Bafana scraped through to the last 16 by the skin of their teeth due to having finished as the fourth-best third-placed team . The Pharaohs were left stunned as Thembinkosi Lorch's late strike silenced the home fans giving South Africa a 1-0 victory.

Messi sent off in Copa America third-place playoff
The game was a rematch of the last two Copa América finals, both won by Chile in penalty shootouts. Both will now miss their team's next match.

Kamala Harris reports raising $12M in 2nd quarter
The speech comes after weeks of scrutiny of Biden's record on race from his earliest years in the US Senate. Biden also is highlighting his eight years as Obama's vice president, from 2009 to 2017.

Samsung Galaxy phone ads may have been too splashy for Australia
The ACCC's position is that the company "denied consumers an informed choice" when it comes to buying new mobile devices. The ACCC said it had reviewed bigger than 300 Samsung adverts sooner than launching its ethical action.

Tesla paces record quarter for deliveries thanks to Model 3 gains
Shame of me for missing the obvious fact that of course Tesla was going to hit its deliveries guidance of 90,000-100,000 cars. Although the service had been part of Tesla , it still remains a bit obscure to most observers of the company.

Andre Iguodala was on the Los Angeles Lakers' radar
Smith on his ESPN radio show on July 1 , he said the Los Angeles Lakers are working toward landing Iguodala this summer. When they acquired Iguodala from the Warriors, they also received a lightly protected 2024 first-round pick.

Shun lust for power to regain democracy, Rahul tells party
In the parliamentary polls held in April-May, the Congress managed to win only three of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam. She said Congress needs an election within the party "so that new leaders can come up".

Super Eagles Train for Penalty Shoot Out Against Indomitable Lions
Join me for all the build-up, team news and yes even the goals as they go in! Keep an eye out for defender Yaya Banana, purely for his unbelievable name.

Stranger Things 3 lands on Netflix
Truth Initiative analyzed 79 episodes of Netflix programming, finding 866 instances of tobacco use in the 2016-17 season. All hope isn't lost, though, as Stranger Things 3 's ending also gave us some hints about where Season 4 might go.