Attention! Cybercriminals Use Squid Game to Scam Internet Users

Sunday, October 24, 2021 (( –

If you use social media platforms, you have certainly come across content with Squid Game’s name and photo.

Thanks to the success of the South Korean series ‘The Squid Game’ that has helped the streaming platform attract many new subscribers, cybercriminals are taking the opportunity to create fake applications and infect the Android devices of users who download them.

An analysis by Lukas Stefanko, ESET Malware Researcher, Android Malware, revealed that a Squid Game wallpaper app was used to disguise the Joker malware.

To commit the scam, they usurped the name of a company specializing in creating wallpapers for mobile series and movies. This has led many users to fall into the trap of downloading it believing that it is a verified “application”.

Users who have downloaded the app are being targeted by ad scams or will sign up for expensive SMS services without their knowledge or consent.

Stefanko classified this “malware” as “Joker”, which is one of the most common and dangerous banking Trojans. This has been known as malicious “software” since 2017.

Stefanko also tweeted that there are currently more than 200 Squid Game related apps on the Google Play Store, and one of them even reached 1 million downloads in just ten days.

Since Squid Game does not have an official app, it becomes an opportunity for app makers to take advantage of the trend and reap the benefits of ads. Therefore, unofficial applications should not be downloaded without consulting the reviews to avoid being the victim of a cyberattack.

Since there is evidence of the presence of ‘Joker’, Google has removed approximately 1,700 applications of these characteristics from its Play Store download platform, as the cybersecurity firm ESET said in a statement.

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