At this time, where users are adopting fashion because it is fun or just trendy, FOMO (Fear Of Messing Out), that is, fear of losing trends, can overshadow basic safety habits; such as licensing control requesting an application.
A recent survey by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky found that the majority (63%) of consumers do not read licenses at all and 43% simply check all their privacy rights when installing an application. Although the survey was conducted 3 years ago, it is recognized that the findings on users’ digital habits remain similar.
Kaspersky has detected a fake application designed to trick users into believing that it is the original version of “FaceApp”, in order to infect their victims with an adware module called “MobiDash”. Once you download this application from unofficial sources and install it, it deliberately presents an “error” and is automatically deleted. Then a malicious module of the application remains discreet on the device, displaying ads.
According to company data, more than 500 unique users have reported the problem in recent days, with the first report being reported on July 7. More than 800 modules were detected after malware investigation.
According to Kaspersky, there is nothing harmful in engaging users with online challenges or installing new applications. The danger looms when users grant applications unlimited access to contacts, photos, personal messages and personal files in general.
This move allows application creators, even legal ones, to access data that needs to remain personal.
When this sensitive data has been hacked or misused, a popular application can be turned into a gateway through which hackers can exploit and spread malicious viruses.