800 Google Play Store apps infected by ‘Xavier’

Global cyber security firm Trend Micro on Friday announced that it has detected more than 800 applications in Google Play Store embedded with a Trojan Android malware “Xavier”. “Xavier” steals and leaks a user’s information silently.

“These applications range from utility apps such as photo manipulators to wallpaper and ringtone changers. We also provide multi-layered mobile security solutions to protect users from this threat,” Trend Micro said in a statement.

It has the capability to download and execute other malicious codes from a remote server, which might be an even more dangerous aspect of the malware.

“The easiest way to avoid a cunning malware like ‘Xavier’ is to not download and install applications from an unknown source even if they are from legitimate app stores like Google Play Store,” said Nilesh Jain, Country Manager (India and Saarc), Trend Micro.

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