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All sixty of the apps employ a third-party library that their creators unintentionally included in their programs, and this library contains the dangerous Goldoson component. L.POINT with L.PAY, Swipe Brick Breaker, Money Manager Expense & Budget, and GOM Player are just a few of the popular apps affected by this virus. The research team at McAfee discovered Goldoson, and they claim that the virus may collect information from installed programs, WiFi and Bluetooth-connected gadgets, and GPS-enabled devices. To make matters worse, Goldoson has the ability to engage in ad fraud by secretly clicking advertisements.

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The library registers the device and obtains its settings from a remote server whose domain is obscured when a user runs an app that uses Goldoson. The configuration includes settings that determine when and how often Goldoson should perform its data-stealing and ad-clicking activities on the infected device. Every two days, on average, the data collecting feature kicks in and sends the C2 server information such as a list of installed programs, a history of past whereabouts, MAC addresses of Bluetooth and WiFi-connected devices, and more. The Android version and the permissions supplied to the malicious app upon installation determine the extent of data collecting.

The creators of the impacted applications were notified as a result of the researchers’ disclosure of their results to Google. Many of the impacted applications were cleaned up by their creators, who took out the harmful library, while Google Play deleted apps from non-responsive developers for breaking the store’s rules.

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By installing the most recent update, anyone who downloaded an affected app from Google Play can lower their risk. However, Goldoson may also be found in unofficial Android app marketplaces, where there is a significant chance that the malicious library is still accessible. Device heating up, fast battery depletion, and abnormally high internet data use even when the device is not in use are common symptoms of adware and malware infection.

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