Open content is great, but occasionally you have to weed out the bad apples when they crop up. Well this is one of those days, as reports are coming out that a couple of rogue games have made their way onto the Google Play store, imitating the popular Temple Run: Oz and Subway Surfers titles.
The malicious apps are posing as free versions of the games (although Subway Surfers is free in the first place), but are then linking users to download the actual copies anyway, no doubt installing a load of malware and god knows what else along with it. There’s even a disclaimer at the bottom of the store page stating that the downloads aren’t the actual games, but sadly these malicious apps appear to still be receiving positive reviews, further duping users into downloading the suspicious software.
The games are being offered under the developer named “FREE GAMES (temple run oz subway surfers)“, so if you’ve acquired one of these games in the past couple of days I’d double check who you downloaded it from. My advice, steer clear of any software which was not uploaded by official publishers, especially if it’s offering something for free.
If you have downloaded one of these apps then uninstall it right away and scan your phone using some malware detection software like Avast or AVG, there are lots of decent free ones on the play store.
As always, be sensible when picking your downloads; check the developers and read the descriptions. Installing pirated or suspiciously cheap apps will probably result in you getting more than you bargained for. And just because something is highly reviewed doesn’t always mean that it’s from a trustworthy source.
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I have the subway surfer and i have got it forlong time n now. Do you mean thats fake
No you are fine, these downloads only showed up yesterday. :)
Which Android figure is that?
I think it’s called “Creature”
Frenzied Android back for more flesh!
That sucks totally. Why cant they just make the Google Play store more secure? THAT ANDROID FIGURE LO_OKS FREAKED OUT! Hahahahaha
I love that Android Malware graphic. Anything that says free in the title I am immediately suspect of. Also it looks like they’ve been yanked. Link above takes to you a Google Play page not found.
This is nothing less than sloppiness on Google’s part. The Play Store is a global brand and Google needs to do a better job of respecting it’s customers and developers. This type of issue should have ceased when they re-branded as Play Store. When an app is submitted, why can’t Google perform a quick duplicate name or too-a-like name search?
Uh oh. Just downloaded this bundle. :-/
Oh no mister Frodo, you fell to the evil trap of Sauron? All hope is lost in the Middle-Earth!!