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136 dangerous apps get banned on Google Play after a study by Zimperium zLabs

New Delhi, Mon, 04 Oct 2021 Supratik Mitra

Following the lodging of a complaint, Google took action and has banned 136 applications. Users must, however, act quickly since the Grifthorse Android Trojan is one-of-a-kind. Handy Translator Pro, Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker, Geospot: GPS Location Tracker, iCare – Find Location, and My Chat Translator is among the Google-banned applications.

Security experts at Zimperium zLabs have found Grifthorse Android Trojan, an aggressive mobile premium services campaign that has targeted over 10 million Google Android users across the world. According to researchers, although most internet frauds utilise phishing methods, the Grifthorse Android Trojan is unusual in that it is disguised behind malicious Android apps that function as Trojans, allowing it to take advantage of user interactions to propagate and infect more people.

When users look at the store description and requested permissions, these malicious Android apps appear to be harmless, but "this false sense of confidence changes when users get charged month after month for the premium service they get subscribed to without their knowledge and consent," the security research firm wrote in a blog post.

The threat group has been operating this operation since November 2020, according to a detailed examination of the Grifthorse Android Trojan. While these malicious apps were originally distributed through both the Google Play Store and third-party app stores, they have now been deleted from the Play Store when Zimperium zLabs informed Google of its discoveries.

However, just because these apps have been removed from the Google Play Store does not imply that GriftHorse malware-powered dangerous apps are no longer available to consumers. They're still available on third-party app shops that aren't safe. Even worse, they might be concealed inside some seemingly harmless programmes users have downloaded. That means users will need to track them down and remove them off your phone.

According to Zimperium zLabs, the virus poses a threat to all Android devices by acting as a Trojan that enrols unsuspecting users in paid services for a monthly fee of around 36 Euros.

The campaign targeted millions of users in over 70 countries by serving targeted malicious pages based on their IP address's geo-location and local language. After being infected, the victim is bombarded with screen alerts informing them that they have won a prize and must claim it right away. These pop-ups appear at least five times per hour until the application user accepts the offer.

When the victim accepts the prize invitation, the malware directs them to a geo-specific webpage where they are asked to verify their phone numbers. In actuality, they are giving their phone number to a premium SMS service, which will start charging them over 30 Euros per month on their phone bill. The victim is unaware of the theft's impact right away, and the chances of it continuing for months before being discovered are high, leaving the victim with little to no remedy for getting their money back.

The security firm provided a list of 136 apps, which were then removed from the Google play store.

The list of the apps,


Handy Translator Pro

Heart Rate Pro Health Monitor

Heart Rate and Pulse Tracker

Locatoria – Find Location

Geospot: GPS Location Tracker


iCare – Find Location

Photo Lab

My Chat Translator

AR Phone Booster – Battery Saver

Bus – Metrolis 2021

English Arabic Translator direct

Free Translator Photo

VPN Zone – Fast & Easy Proxy

Locker Tool

100% Projector for Mobile Phone

Fingerprint Changer

Forza H Mobile 4 Ultimate Edition

Call Recoder Pro

Amazing Sticky Slime Simulator ASMR\u200f

Instant Speech Translation

Clap To Find My Phone

Racers Car Driver

Screen Mirroring TV Cast

Slime Simulator

Free Calls WorldWide

Keyboard Themes

My Locator Plus

What’s Me Sticker

iSalam Qibla Compass

Amazing Video Editor

Language Translator-Easy&Fast

Safe Lock

WiFi Unlock Password Pro X

Heart Rhythm

Pony Video Chat-Live Stream

Smart Spot Locator

Zodiac : Hand

CutCut Pro

Ludo Game Classic

OFFRoaders – Survive

Loca – Find Location

Phone Finder by Clapping

Easy TV Show

Bus Driving Simulator

Qibla correct Quran Coran Koran

Fingerprint Defender

Dating App – Sweet Meet

Lifeel – scan and test

R Circle – Location Finder

Launcher iOS 15


Idle Gun Tycoo\u202an\u202c

Ela-Salaty: Muslim Prayer Times & Qibla Direction

Scanner App Scan Docs & Notes

Qibla Compass

Chat Translator All Messengers

Soul Scanner – Check Your

Hunt Contact

CIAO – Live Video Chat


Plant Camera Identifier

Horoscope : Fortune

Color Call Changer

Fitness Point

Squishy and Pop it

Qibla AR Pro

Keyboard: Virtual Projector App

Heart Rate and Meal Tracker

Scanner Pro App: PDF Document

Mine Easy Translator

QR Reader Pro

PhoneControl Block Spam Calls

FX Keyboard

Parallax paper 3D

You Frame

SnapLens – Photo Translator

Call Record Pro

Qibla Pass Direction

Free Islamic Stickers 2021


QR Code Reader – Barcode Scanner


Bag X-Ray 100% Scanner

Photo Effect Pro

Phone Caller Screen 2021

iConnected Tracker

Translate It – Online App

Smart Call Recorder

Mobile Things Finder

Daily Horoscope & Life Palmestry


Qibla Compass (Kaaba Locator)

Phone Search by Clap

Prookie-Cartoon Photo Editor

Second Translate PRO

Qibla Ultimate


Truck – RoudDrive Offroad

3D Camera To Plan

GPS Phone Tracker – Family Locator

Qibla Finder – Qibla Direction

Call Recorder iCall

Stickers Maker for WhatsApp

PikCho Editor app

Qibla direction watch (compass)

Street Cars: pro Racing

Piano Bot Easy Lessons

Cinema Hall: Free HD Movies

CallHelp: Second Phone Number

Live Wallpaper & Background

FastPulse – Heart Rate Monitor

Intelligent Translator Pro

Caller ID & Spam Blocker

Face Analyzer

Free Coupons 2021

TrueCaller & TrueRecoder

KFC Saudi – Get free delivery and 50% off coupons

iTranslator_ Text & Voice & Photo


Pulse App – Heart Rate Monitor

HOO Live – Meet and Chat

Video & Photo Recovery Manager 2

Easy Bass Booster

Быстрые кредиты 24\7

Coupons & Gifts: InstaShop

Fitness Trainer



Launcher iOS for Android

Vector arts

Call Blocker-Spam Call Blocker

Ludo Speak v2.0

Call Blocker-Spam Call Blocker

Battery Live Wallpaper 4K

Live Mobile Number Tracker


Author: Supratik Mitra

Supratik Mitra is a student of political science at the University of Delhi. While completing college, he continues to work as a reporter, working with many media houses previously. He is interested in Indian politics and Science and Technology and is also an avid policy researcher. He reports and writes articles on national news, science and tech news, and health news.

Office Address: D-16/116, Sector-3, Rohini Delhi - 110085 India.

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