WannaCry Ransomware is a headache for many of the Windows users and the frauds have exploited this hazard, by releasing many of the malicious apps for the Google Play Store which they term as Virus Scanners. The biggest victims of this attack are the Android users who got themselves in a trouble when the malicious apps were reported. Though Android users were well warned about the problem by McAfee, now it seems like the Play Store is hit by a great number of such malicious apps posing to be Virus Scanners for WannaCry Ransomware.
Android Users are Being Misled
The worst part about the attack is that a large number of Android users have been misled on the issue where the attackers claim that they need an app for scanning their device for viruses including Ransomware. As the latest of the series, the WannaCry Ransomware has grabbed much attention and most of the people are now well aware of its hazards, the cyber attackers are exploiting the fact. The main point to be noted here is that WannaCry is not an infection that can reach Android devices. The malware is purely for the Windows users and that too includes only a limited and targeted amount of people who are using older versions of the OS. So, as the first thing to be kept in mind, do remember that WannaCry is not going to attack your smartphone.
Which Apps are Spreading The Malware
As more news regarding the issue starts to pour in, 7 such apps have been reported which are allegedly spreading the malware. A famous cyber security firm, RiskIQ has discovered these seven apps for Google PlayStore and 2 additional apps for Apple App Store. The security firm came to know about the issue when these apps were reported asking users their usernames and passwords. The firm’s official statement released regarding the matter makes the issue pretty clear:
There has been a recent rise in fake WannaCry ‘protectors,’ apps that use fear and hysteria around the self-propagating ransomware to drive downloads, even though mobile systems are safe from its impact.