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Very early this year when it was first made available for download, it promised so many prospects. Everyone thought it was the Telegram app revamped.  Unfortunately, it did not take long for Mobonogram to teach its UAE’s victims a hard lesson they certainly were not prepared to learn.
Mobonogram came into the Android ecosystem with the high
promise of being a Super-Charged Telegram App. And from the success that it
records from Android users, there is no doubt that people believed its offers.
Among the catchy baits of this app was that it boasted of having more features
when compared to other “Unofficial Versions.”
Just six months into 2019 when it was released, at least
100,000 Android users have downloaded it to their devices. Of this large
number, Iran and the UAE stood out. The reason for the massive acceptance by
UAE was probably because the country does not support Telegram yet. Regrettably,
the app swindled its unsuspecting victims; it gave them more than they could
ever bargain. The first thing the users discovered was that their mobile
devices started performing slowly. Again, they noticed that the app contained a
code which makes unsolicited calls to suspicious websites. The immediate result
of this call was fake adverts and offers.
Symantec Research has now come out this month to call the app what it is-virus. It belongs to a special group known as Potentially Harmful Apps (PHAs). Those who make PHAs are unrepentant criminals. And once their unsuspecting victims download the app , they make themselves liable to different kinds of manipulations.
Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia
recently set out to appraise the presence of these pretender apps on the mobile
market. The outcome of their findings is nothing short of a shock. They
analyzed about 50,000 apps pretending to be as good as other renowned apps. In
some cases, these apps even boast of being able to outsmart the existing
applications they are mirroring.
However, the result of the research revealed that out of the 50,000 apps considered, 2,040 contained malware , 1,565 had the capacity to compromise security; 1,407 contained unsolicited adverts. When one adds these figures together, they amount to over five thousand, which is 10 percent of the entire set under review. Commenting on the findings, Dr. Suranga Seneviratne-co-author of the research-noted that many of those apps were problematic. As such, they evaded their vetting procedures.
According to Lukas Stefanko, a researcher at Eset Cybersecurity, smartphone users that stay online all day have a greater tendency of being infected with malware. Lukas affirmed that this propensity surpasses that of a PC. Unfortunately, once a smartphone gets infected, it is possible for malware to collect its user’s sensitive information such as bank log-in details.
It is rational to hope that smartphone OS providers would
protect their users by blocking these apps. However, only Apple does the
vetting and restriction. With Android, what you get is a one-time warning
before you download and install. So, comparatively, Apple offers better
protection from these potentially harmful apps than Android. They ensure that
their users can only download and install apps that they have confirmed to be
On the contrary, the market value of Apple is smaller than
that of Android. Perhaps, that explains while the criminals have focused their
attention on the OS lately. But beyond that, Lukas Stefanko believes that
another reason for the massive presence of these apps on Android could be
because of its openness. Open platforms allow just anyone, including
While Apple may be a bit safer, it is not completely immune to these apps. Just last year, one of such unauthorized apps also infested Apple’s iOS. It initially masqueraded as an app for Amazon only for Apple to discover that it collects users’ personal information in large quantities.
In the views of Lukas Stefanko, Android users should practice two lines of defense. The first is that they should avoid downloading apps that are not listed on Google Play . Of course, Google would always warn against third-party installations. The second is that users must always keep their apps up to date. Of course, while these may not guarantee absolute safety, it would reduce the rate of infection.
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