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 [BLOG] Eset issue warning about malicious Minecraft apps 
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If you're a Minecrafter who likes to check out the latest apps, beware when checking the Google Play store. Reports are coming in of a number of scareware apps disguised as legitimate apps are hiding in the store to try and fool the unwary.



The apps themselves promise access to a number of cheats for the popular blocky game. In reality the apps will scare the user into downloading malicious programs mascarading as anti-virus software using banner advertising. The malware will then charge the victim €4.80 by SMS per weekly if they activate the "anti-virus program".



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Currently its estimated that over 30 of the apps are in the Store, and all seem to have been made by the same person due to similarities shared between them all. They all seem to have somehow bypassed Google’s Bouncer screener program and have therefore been downloaded by unsuspecting Minecraft fans an estimated 660,000 and 2.8 million times over the past nine months.



As always, be careful what you're downloading people. This just proves that even stringent security processes won't end up catching everything.

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