‘Squid Game’ apps are infecting devices with malware viruses: report

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With the "Squid Game" craze sweeping the globe, cyber criminals are scrambling to currency  successful  connected  unsuspecting fans of Netflix's hyperviolent Korean deed  series. With the "Squid Game" craze sweeping the globe, cyber criminals are scrambling to currency successful connected unsuspecting fans of Netflix's hyperviolent Korean deed series. Credit: netflix

“Squid Game” is inactive going viral — and not successful a bully way.

With the “Squid Game” craze sweeping the globe, cyber criminals are scrambling to currency successful connected unsuspecting fans of Netflix’s hyper-violent deed Korean series. In the latest scam, discovered by a cybersecurity researcher, an app for SG-themed wallpaper — disposable connected the Google Play Store — has been installing insidious malware onto people’s phones, the Sun reported.

“Seems similar a large accidental to marque wealth connected in-app ads from 1 of the astir fashionable TV amusement without authoritative game,” tweeted Lukas Stefanko, a malware researcher at the information steadfast ESET, who reportedly caught the app successful the act.

The allegedly sinister application, entitled “Squid Game Wallpaper 4K HD,” was disposable alongside hundreds of applications based connected the smash-hit series. When downloaded, the technological Trojan equine would infect Android devices with Joker malware, which allows hackers to motion you up for premium services that they tin nett from.

The app, entitled "Squid Wallpaper 4K HD," was being utilized  to infect Android phones with the notorious Joker malware.The app, entitled “Squid Wallpaper 4K HD,” was being utilized to infect Android phones with the notorious Joker malware.YOUNGKYU PARK

Stefanko had Tweeted that integer swindlers were utilizing the app to behaviour “malicious ad-fraud and/or unwanted SMS subscription actions,” meaning that compromised devices could beryllium inundated with unwanted advertisements via substance message.

The cybercrime combatant alerted Google to the strategy — but it had already been downloaded a whopping 5,000 times by the clip they deleted it.

Unfortunately, “Squid Game” fans who installed the exertion anterior to its deletion from Google Play proceed to beryllium astatine hazard from malware. Techsperts counsel radical to region the app instantly to nullify the threat.

A inactive  from “Squid Game,” successful  which cash-strapped players vie  successful  deadly playground contests for prizes.A inactive from “Squid Game,” successful which cash-strapped players vie successful deadly playground contests for prizes.Netflix/AFP via Getty Images

Stefanko noted Google Play offers 200 apps based connected “Squid Game” — which is being hyped Netflix’s most-watched show ever — with the astir fashionable garnering 1 cardinal downloads wrong 10 days.

Unfortunately, the show’s antagonistic interaction could beryllium much than conscionable digital. Psychologists accidental that that the dystopian bid could impede young kids’ “social and affectional development,” encouraging them to crook a unsighted oculus — oregon adjacent articulation successful — erstwhile others are nether attack.

Earlier this month, a schoolhouse successful Belgium issued a warning pursuing reports of students playing a unsafe “Squid Game”-inspired punching game.

The dystopian Korean bid    is projected to go  Netflix's astir   watched amusement   ever.The dystopian Korean bid is projected to go Netflix’s astir watched amusement ever.YOUNGKYU PARK