Samsung’s own app store is called the Galaxy Store. With the Google Play Store, it is available on all of the company’s Android smartphones. If you use it frequently, be aware that there are a few apps on the Galaxy Store that can infect your phone with malware. It is remarkable that these shoddy apps have already been made available for download from the Galaxy Store. Considering the large amount of Samsung devices in the market, it has the potential to infect a large number of them.
Apps can also request sensitive permissions such as access to call logs, phone, and contacts. The dynamic code execution vulnerability is included which is what allows the application to download and execute malware. Since the Galaxy Store does not provide an install count for the apps, it is not clear exactly how many times these bad apps were downloaded. This might not be an insignificant number as these apps have hundreds of cumulative reviews.
Showbox is a popular movie and TV show pirating service that has been around for quite some time. It allowed users to stream pirated content to their mobile devices. The original app appears to have been shut down, however, there are several Showbox app clones listed for download on the Galaxy Store. AndroidPolice has spotted several Showbox-based apps on the Samsung App Store. They appear to be infected with malware because their installation triggers Google’s Play Protect warning. Further analysis shows the presence of malware and adware.
Samsung has yet to comment on the matter. It’s bad enough that these harmful apps spread through its app store. It’s also questionable which apps have a reputation for allowing hacking on the Galaxy Store in the first place. We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment on this. Join SamMobile’s Telegram group and subscribe to our YouTube channel for instant updates and in-depth reviews of Samsung devices. You can also subscribe to receive our updates on Google News and follow us on Twitter.
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- These Galaxy Store apps infect your device with malware
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