The Google Play app you must delete ASAP to protect your money and Facebook data

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There's a Google Play app that seems like a harmless video game, when in actuality it's a charade you must delete to protect your money and Facebook data.

Despite most mobile games being intolerable trite that have already ruined the video games industry, at least the vast majority of them are upfront in their goal to rob your money through avoidable obstacles such as inexplicably long loading times and ungodly grinding. However, there's one seemingly innocuous Google Play app that hopes to stealthily steal users' Google and Facebook data.

Below you'll find out all you need to know about the harmful Google Play app and why you must delete it ASAP.

The Google Play app you must delete ASAP to protect your Facebook data and money

The Google Play app under intense scrutiny is called Scary Granny ZOMBYE Mod: The Horror Game 2019. Yes, I know it's a ridiculous title, but anything with zombies in it is guaranteed to be a hit, as evidenced by the 50,000+ downloads and 4-star rating it received.

As you might predict from the title alone, the game was pretty much a recycled concept that challenged players with running away from zombies while uncovering extra lives and various weapons.

Security researchers at the mobile security solutions company Wandera (via Hot Hardware) soon learned that the game covertly stole data from particularly users who hadn't updated their Android OS.

Scary Granny ZOMBYE Mod would function as marketed for the first several days after downloading, but - thanks to a time-release function - it would soon start acting up by displaying a notification that encouraged users to update their Google Security details.

And this notification would then take users to a very deceptive copy of the Google sign-in page.

The app was able to steal users' recovery emails, recovery phone numbers, verification codes, and cookies and tokens by persistently asking for permission to be launched, as well as by taking up the device's entire screen with its fake Google overlay.

In addition, the game also included fake advertisements for Amazon, Hulu, Instagram, and Snapchat in an apparent effort to con users into downloading more malicious apps (the researchers at Wandera believe that the attackers were also working towards stealing Facebook information).

As if all of the above wasn't bad enough, the app additionally tried to steal people's money by taking them to a PayPal page requesting £18 after they selected Free Trial.

The app was above suspicion for a while thanks to performing like a legitimate game and because of its time-release function momentarily hiding its true nature.

Google removed the game from their store on June 27, but you must delete and uninstall it immediately if you still own it.

Regardless if you never had the app or have just delete it right now, the moral of this story is to never blindly trust apps from the Google Play Store, as well as to always check an app's permissions before downloading and installing.

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