Fake Samsung firmware update app tricks more than 10 million Android users

Over 10 Million Users Have Downloaded a Fake, Money-Grabbing 'Updates for Samsung'

Over 10 Million Users Have Downloaded a Fake, Money-Grabbing 'Updates for Samsung',Fake Samsung firmware update app tricks more than 10 million Android users

A fake application called "Updates for Samsung" that promises Android firmware updates has been detected on Google Play. The online list confirms that more than 10 million users have already installed the fake application, although a large number of users have claimed that it is nothing more than an "aggressive ad-serving platform". A median message from cybersecurity firm CSIS Security Group also underscored that the application lists unofficial firmware updates and, more importantly, does not use Google Play subscriptions to charge money for update packages.

The Updates for Samsung application exploits users by redirecting them to an ad farm that charges them for downloading firmware updates, CSIS Security Group said in its publication Medium. Many users in their reviews on the Google Play store mentioned that despite making payments, they could not download the firmware packages. Similar was the case with the CSIS Security Group team that could not finish the downloads at the time of testing the application.

In addition to giving firmware updates informally, the bogus app claims to offer a SIM unlock service at $19.99.

The application also states that it allows users to unlock their SIM cards for any operator paying $ 19.99 (approximately Rs. 1,400). However, handle the transaction for the SIM unlocking service through an informal source, not through Google Play subscriptions.
At the time of presenting this story, the Updates for Samsung application was still available for download through Google Play. However, users are advised to use the formal source to download firmware updates, instead of relying on an unofficial source. Samsung, like other Android OEMs, offers a native option to download software updates by going to the configuration menu.

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