Malware infected Minecraft modpacks hit Google Play Store

According to researchers, Minecraft continues to attract the hacking community and a massive increase in infected, malware-laden Minecraft mods.

Minecraft is a top-rated game with followers spread worldwide. However, if you are a Minecraft player, you must exercise caution and do some research before installing the game’s add-ons, apps, plug-ins and mods, warns the cybersecurity giant Kaspersky.

According to researchers, Minecraft continues to attract the hacking community and a massive increase in infected, malware-laden Minecraft mods – This time around, researchers have found Minecraft modpacks and a file recovery utility available in Google Play concealing malicious adware.

Malicious Apps Make the Game and Mobile Phone Inoperable

The malicious apps being distributed in the guise of Minecraft mods can make your game unusable, as well as the handheld device you are using to play the game inoperable.

In addition, whether it is a smartphone or a tablet, it will start showing unnecessary advertisements. Ironically, fake Minecraft modes are spreading quickly and delivering annoying ads that hang the devices.

SEE: Malicious Minecraft apps on Play Store scamming millions of users

According to Kaspersky, it is a new and improved version of the malware that its researchers have discovered in the past. This time, the infected app opens the browser after every few seconds and displays a full-screen ad, eventually rendering the device disabled.

About Minecraft malware

Kaspersky researchers identified an add-on that hides the icon after it is launched the very first time. The infected app then repeatedly opens the device’s browser to play YouTube videos, display flash ads, or launch the Google Play app page apart from exposing victims to various new threats.

Malware infected Minecraft modpacks hit Google Play Store
One of the malicious Minecraft modpacks in Google Play (Kaspersky)

Furthermore, since the game is designed in Java, it becomes more vulnerable to attacks as third-party developers can construct modpacks or compatible apps to customize users’ gaming experiences.

Around a Million Android Devices Infected

Reportedly, nearly 20 malicious mods were discovered between July and November 2020. Researchers also confirmed that the fake Minecraft mods had infected more than one million Android devices.

SEE: 50,000 Minecraft users infected with hard drive wiping malware

To conclude, as with every such case, we would advise users to always look at the reputation and reviews of an app before downloading it. In fact, in this case, most such apps are said to have 1-star reviews – a classic red flag for people to recognize.

If you have installed any such app that looks suspicious or has been charging you subscriptions, it is important to cancel the subscription first through Google Play Store before uninstalling the app.

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