An urgent Android warning was sent to millions of users after malicious apps were discovered on the Samsung App Store.
The apps in question can request access to things like contacts, call logs, and the phone, putting users at risk.
The latest malware-infected apps found on the Samsung Galaxy Store were discovered by Android police and appear to be cloned versions of the Showbox piracy app.
Some of the infected apps will reportedly trigger an alert from Google’s Play Protect, but some appear to be able to do it.
Android Police investigators found that the apps may “request more permissions than you’d expect, including access to contacts, call logs and the phone”.
The real Showbox app has also reportedly come under fire for its services.
The app can stream films and TV shows and is accused of doing so using illegal means.
The actual Showbox app was removed from the app stores or the service was interrupted in the past.
Samsung did not immediately respond to The Sun’s request to comment on the malicious apps.
A WARNING ABOUT CONTACTS
The new warning comes after a tech expert warned both Android and iPhone users to delete their contact lists because of apps that might be able to access the information.
Some apps access the phone numbers and email addresses we connect to and build networks of associations.
This can allow hackers, law enforcement, or intelligence agencies to learn your identity and that of your connections.
“When law enforcement agencies consider you a person of interest, they can determine that you are using encrypted messaging apps like Signal,” warned Peter Gregory, senior director at Cyber GRC security firm.
“Although the agency cannot see the content of your conversations, they can see who you are talking to.”