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NCC warns Nigerians about ‘HiddenAds’ malware infiltration on Google Play Store



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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned Nigerians to stay alert while using Google Play Store as a new malware, HiddenAds, as been identified to infiltrate the platform.

The warning was given by the NCC’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (NCC-CSIRT) in its August 8 advisory seen by Ripples Nigeria.

According to the release, the malware can impact device performance and jeopardise users’ privacy.

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Warning users to be careful with downloads from the app store, the team noted that the malware takes the form of device cleaners and optimization apps.

Read the warning statement below:

“Upon installation, it can run malicious services without the user opening the app. It also spams the user with irrelevant advertisements. The apps have received downloads ranging from 100,000 to over a million.”

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