Android device owners are updated for applications that are infected by aggressive code that absorbs battery life. Even worse, apps can also absorb your monthly account data - and potentially overcharging your accounts.
Oracle has revealed that applications downloaded millions of times by users are infected by something called DrainerBot.
The code is described as an "important mobile advertising fraud business" and can have disastrous consequences for users. One of the main drawbacks is the significant absorption of the battery life of your phone, which can be a big problem especially if you have lots of hours of use in your asset.
"Contaminated applications can consume more than 10GB messages per month to receive hidden and invisible video ads, possibly costing each device owner a hundred dollars a year or more over data overhead charges," Oracle explained.
According to Oracle, hundreds of popular consumer apps are infected, such as:
- Draw Clash of Clans
- Touch 'n' Beat - Cinema
- Solitaire: 4 Seasons (Full)
"DragonBot-active applications seem to have been taken by consumers more than 10 millions of times, according to public downloads," Oracle warned.
What is DrainerBot? This is a fraud process that introduces infected code to Android smartphone and tablet. Once a device is infected, DrainerBot can deliver "false, invisible ads" to the device. These ads will not be visible to you, but will run in the background - earning a net profit for scammers.
The infected application says by a group of advertisers that it has made video ads on legitimate websites, but they actually appear quietly in the background of your device.
Android Apps - How to Stay Safe
Here's what you just need to know ...
- Remember to install only apps from the official Google Play Store
- However, slick apps can even get to the Play Store, so make sure you download from trusted sources
- Check the Battery section of your phone's settings to see if some applications consume a lot of power in the background
- Also check the use of data in your settings to see if some applications consume a lot of data
- If it is, then it might be worthwhile to delete it
- Always make sure you use the latest software on your phone and update your apps. This will give you the latest security updates
Fraudsters get money to show ads, but advertisers are foolish - because no one ever saw the ads.
However, your battery life is destroyed as well as your data (because your phone is downloading video ads).
"DrainerBot is one of the first major fraudsters in advertising that cause clear and immediate financial harm to consumers," said Eric Roza of Oracle.
"DrainerBot infected applications can cost users hundreds of dollars at unnecessary data charges, while losing their batteries and slowing down their devices. "We look forward to working with companies throughout the digital advertising ecosystem to detect, expose and prevent this and other emerging kinds of advertising fraud."
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