Google has eliminated a pretend Netflix app from the Play Retailer that aimed to unfold malware by robotically responding to your WhatsApp messages.

Earlier this 12 months, the safety agency Test Level Analysis, discovered that an app named FlixOnline was assuming the look of Netflix, and promising two months of free subscription by way of WhatsApp messages.

Nevertheless, a hyperlink connected to those messages would redirect you to a web site to simply seize your particulars, together with your bank card.

Right here’s how the malware labored. When you put in the FlixOnline app from the Play Retailer, it requested for primarily three kinds of permissions: display overlay, battery optimization ignore, and notification. Researchers from Test Level famous that overlay is utilized by malware to create pretend logins and steal person credentials by creating pretend home windows on prime of present apps.