Symantec has unearthed two totally different pretend Telegram apps.
Be sure you examine an app’s title earlier than you obtain it: Telegram, as an illustration, had an evil twin on Google Play named “Teligram.” In keeping with Symantec, which found its existence, its profile and outline on the shop mirrored the genuine app’s, with the one distinction being the marginally altered brand. It was additionally branded as “New model up to date” in an effort to idiot customers into pondering it is the brand new model of Telegram. And it most likely may’ve fooled folks, too, because it really works as a messaging platform.
Teligram (with the “i”) served advertisements inside the chat record and in addition confirmed full-screen commercials. Whereas it did not appear to have malicious content material, it is nonetheless good to know that Google Play has already pulled it down. Symantec has found one other pretend Telegram app that may set up malware into your system, although. That one was constructed utilizing the actual app’s open supply code and is being distributed on third-party platforms with the identical package deal title (org.telegram.messenger). As soon as you put in it, a hacker can add a backdoor or an advert clicker to your system. Fortunately, it is simple to keep away from it: merely do not set up apps from sketchy web sites.
Apps on Google Play like Teligram are extra misleading, and it is undoubtedly not the primary time Symantec has noticed an impostor on the official retailer. Only a whereas in the past, the safety agency additionally discovered a phony Uber app that may steal your log-in credentials. It even deep hyperlinks to a URL in the actual software to look legit.