10 Million Plus Users Has Been Fooled By This Fake Android App

According to the Google Play Store list, the "Updates for Samsung" app promises firmware updates for Samsung devices. And thanks to Malware Analyst Aleksejs Kuprins, who works for the CSIS Security Group for spotting out this fake Samsung app. 

Google tries a lot in securing the Play Store from malicious apps but still, these scammers always find a way to the platform anyway. The same happened with an app called "Updates for Samsung" that promises firmware updates, but it is nothing but a scam tool designed to get Samsung phone owners to pay the developer.


Aleksejs Kuprins, the malware analyst at the CSIS Security Group, told ZDnet: "It would be wrong to judge people because they mistakenly go to the official app store for firmware updates after buying a new Android device"

"Suppliers often bundle their Android OS builds with an intimidating number of software and it can easily be confusing. A user can feel a bit lost about the (system) update procedure. Therefore, it can be a mistake to go to the official application store to search for system updates "


The malware analyst of the CSIS Security group further said that the developers had limited the free download speed to 56KBps, so that the ongoing download timeouts get. The app then asks users to purchase a $ 34.99 subscription to get the firmware update. What's even more dangerous is that the app uses its own payment system instead of referring users to the payment methods offered by the Google Play Store.

The fake Samsung has been noticed by Malware Analyst Aleksejs Kuprins, who works for the CSIS Security Group. According to the Google Play Store list, the "Updates for Samsung" app promises firmware updates for Samsung devices. However, upon opening, the app redirects users to websites with advertisements.


Not only that, but the website also convinces users to make a payment for the updates. What's even worse is that the app has been downloaded more than 10 million times. The most likely reason why the app has been able to mislead more than 10 million users is the fact that most people are unaware of the system update process and ultimately search for "System Updates" in the Google Play Stores.

The malware analyst, of course, Aleksejs Kuprins contacted the Google Play Store and asked them to remove the app. The app has now been removed by Google, but it clearly shows that Google Play Store is still not completely safe for users.
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