After the WannaCry virus, netizens have another thing virus to worry about. A new malware called ‘Judy’ has infected nearly 36.5 million Android devices across the globe. Reports suggest that Judy, which is an auto-clicking ad-ware, has been found in 41 apps in the Google Play Store. The malware produces false clicks from the infected systems to generate revenue from advertisements for the attackers.
Researchers from the data security firm Check Point first discovered the malware on Google Play Store and the company has already alerted the search engine giant, which is working to mitigate the problem and removing the infected apps from its apps store.
Here’s what you should know about the Judy malware:
What is Judy and how does it work?
Judy malware is a virus that basically produces fake click on the advertisements in the app so that its perpetrators can earn revenue from the app developers.
With every click, the attackers receive payment from the website developers. Apart from this, Judy also displays a large number of advertisements on the app, which in some cases might force users to click on the advertisements.
Who developed Judy malware?
Judy has been developed by a Korean company called Kiniwini. The company has been registered on Google Play Store as ENISTUDIO corp.
How can I protect my device from Judy?
Google is already working towards removing the infected apps from its apps store. Apart from this, you can update the software on your smartphones. These updates usually contain security patches that can protect your system from such malicious softwares.
(Source: Check Point)
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