Fake FaceApp Found Delivering MobiDash Adware to Push Unwanted Ads
- According to a report by Kaspersky, around 500 unique users have encountered the problem within the last 48 hours.
- MobiDash is an adware which, if installed on a machine, starts to display unwanted ads that can annoy users.
Cybercriminals are leveraging fake versions of FaceApp to deliver MobiDash adware. The malware sits on the users’ phones and displays unwanted adverts.
What’s the matter?
According to a report published by Kaspersky, around 500 unique users have encountered the problem within the last 48 hours.
"Kaspersky has identified a fake application that is designed to trick users into thinking it is a certified version of FaceApp but goes on to infect devices with an adware module called MobiDash,” Igor Golovin, a security researcher at Kaspersky warned, Forbes reported.
Once the fake application is downloaded from unofficial sources and installed, it simulates a failure and subsequently activates malicious activities.
What is MobiDash?
MobiDash is adware which, if installed on a machine, starts to display ads that can annoy users. The adware takes advantage of the way that Android works to make its deleting process difficult.
There are around 800 different modules of the adware identified by researchers.
What are the repercussions?
With the increasing popularity of FaceApp among the users, attackers have found another way to launch their malicious activities. This opens the door for malicious code such as MobiDash to slide under the radar without being detected.