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Fake FaceApp installs malicious Adware into users device: Kaspersky

With the significant enhancement of technology these days, there have been a number of applications that entertain us in a variety of forms apart from just audio, video or static content. 

One such App is the FaceApp that allows the user to age their face using cloud-based filters. This went trending on social media where people started to check how they will look if put with wrinkles and white hair and subsequently posted it with lots of enthusiasm.

Global Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has unveiled a huge risk of using an app that allows you to age up your face.

An app surfaced the internet and made the Users believe that it is a certified version of the FaceApp and when installed, it infected the victim’s device with adware called MobiDash.

The App downloaded from an unofficial source stimulates failure after being installed in the device and is eventually removed. By this time the malicious module infiltrates into the user’s device and displays adverts. The problem was encountered several times but has been ignored by people to a greater extent. This ignorance led to the creeping of privacy concerns into the scene without proper notice.

Kaspersky states that about 500 different users have been facing the problem in the last couple of days and 800 different malicious modules form has been discovered. The first issue was detected on the 7th of July.

The popularity of the original FaceApp has attracted those Fake Apps to try their conspiracy on their bigger platform. This is a huge risk to data and privacy no doubt. 

“The people behind MobiDash often hide their adware module under the guise of popular applications and services. This means that the activities of the fake version of FaceApp could intensify, especially if we are talking about hundreds of targets in just a few days,”

says Kaspersky member.

Users should take the authority of their safety all by themselves and avoid installing applications from unverified sources just for the sake of fun. Once penetrated into your mobile system, any malicious code can have command over your online business data, payment data, bills, and sensitive information. In this situation blaming the popularity of the App will make no good and does not even sound valid. Authentic and popular Apps are generally made available on certified platforms after several policy checks to ensure user data safety.

Source: Forbes

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Joseph is based out of California, writes about the tech industry and things happening inside the tech startups. He likes to play Games on his consoles.

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