See The Most Dangerous App That Can Destroy Your Phone
VPNpro provided me with a list of the 24 apps and their APKs, saying that as at January 31 all but two (Super Battery and Dig It) were still available to download and install from the Play Store. Google has now removed the rest. If you have any of those apps installed, VPNpro recommends that you “take matters into your own hands—deleting them from your phone as soon as possible.”
The breadcrumbs leading to Shenzhen HAWK’s network of apps are not hard to follow, VPNpro reports. On its own website, the company lists 13 apps from five developers. Those five developers are behind the 24 apps disclosed by VPNpro.
So are users genuinely at risk? Well, let’s take a look at the permissions these mostly trivial apps request when they are installed—this is the key to the level of access users are granting to their digital secrets. In short, the risks users open themselves up to are predicated on the permissions they provide.
Of the 24 apps listed in the report, six request access to a user’s camera and two to the phone itself, meaning they can place calls. 15 of the apps can access a user’s GPS location and read data on external storage, while 14 can collect and return details of a user’s phone and network. One of the apps can record audio on the device or its own servers, another can access a user’s contacts.
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