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Smartphone users are warned: almost 100,000 euros lost due to the clone of a famous application

This copy of a very famous application is a scam! She has already done so. caused almost 100,000 euros in damage…

If there is one point where Android smartphone users are not spoiled, it is pirate applications. Even the Google Play Store, although officially inspected, regularly by Google and Android, does not escape the malicious acts of applications whose sole purpose is to infect your phone. phone.

Among the many most deceitful techniques for corrupting your smartphone and stealing your personal data, we find “clone” applications. These are generally created by hackers and copy, sometimes with great attention to detail, real applications already available well known in order to pass themselves off as the latter.

In recent years, this technique has had serious repercussions for many users. They usually think of installing a recognized application (like TikTok or Snapchat), but end up downloading a pirated copy. It's difficult to realize this as pirate applications are identical to the real ones in their appearance. Generally, pirate applications will, as luck would have it, stand out by offering you more paid services.

Smartphone users are warned: almost 100,000 euros lost due to the clone of a famous application

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The latest alert came from Finland but can affect any European country. The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) recently revealed its latest developments. have discovered several pirate applications that attempt to extort money from their victims. Certain operating modes are particularly twisted. Several smartphone owners first received an SMS encouraging them to do so. Download the McAfee app to secure their device. This famous application is particularly known for providing good protection against viruses and malware on the phone.

Unfortunately, and the height of irony, the application recommended by the SMS received is not the one for you. ritable McAfee. Anyone who installs this fake application (similar in every way to the real one!) will then find themselves invaded by numerous malware on their smartphone. They will then carry out a whole series of unwanted actions, such as monitoring what you do on the phone or using your services online banking to transfer your own money. A victim would have lost 95,000 euros, according to the Finnish police.

To find out if an application is official or not, it is recommended to use Please check the latter on the blind that equips your phone. Google Play Store, App Store, AppGallery… Simply go to the page of the application for which you have doubts. If the latter is sufficiently well rated and receives numerous user reviews, there is a good chance that it is official. Otherwise, beware!

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116