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New Adware Discovered in 22 Apps in Google Play

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Devices' started by starbuck, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. starbuck

    starbuck Administrator - Malware Removal Specialist Administrator

    Sep 26, 2009
    Midlands, UK
    Operating System:
    Windows 10
    AMD Athlon II x2 250 Processor 3.00GHz
    8gb DDR3
    Hard Drive:
    500gb SATA
    Graphics Card:
    ASUS GeForce GTX 960 2gb
    Power Supply:
    650w PowerCool X-Viper
    The 'LightsOut' adware is found in flashlight and utility apps, which have been downloaded between 1.5 million to 7.5 million times.


    New adware dubbed "LightsOut" is making the rounds in Google Play, hiding in 22 flashlight and utility apps that have been download up to 7.5 million times, reports Check Point Research, which made the discovery.

    LightsOut embeds its malicious script into flashlight and utility apps that appear legitimate.
    It then hides its icon when the app is launched, making it difficult for the user to remove the adware.

    Although the malicious app offers users a control panel and checkbox to disable additional services, such as displaying ads, LightsOut can override users' efforts.
    As a result, the persistent ads do not appear related to the control panel and checkboxes, reports Check Point.

    Any Wi-Fi connection, a locked screen, a cell phone call that ends, or a charger plugged into a device can trigger the LightsOut adware, according to Check Point.

    Read more about LightsOut here.

  2. bob12a

    bob12a Senior Member

    Aug 14, 2009
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    Windows 7
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    MEDIONPC MS-7204
    3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium D 16 kilobyte primary memory cache 1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    3072 Megabytes Installed Memory Slot 'A0' has 512 MB Slot 'A1' has 512 MB Slot 'A2' has 512 MB Sl
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    Thank you for info

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