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What Do the Fake Squid Game Apps Do?
This is a tricky question, as there are over 200 games under the Squid Game name on the Google Play Store alone, none of which are official. The most harmless ones are just poorly designed games trying to replicate the show and make ad revenue off of clueless players. However, some of the more insidious apps are thought to contain malware.
Over 200 #SquidGame related apps are available on Google Play
Seems like a great opportunity to make money on in-app ads from one of the most popular TV show without official game.
The most downloaded of them reached 1M installs in 10 days. Its game play is not that well handled pic.twitter.com/gCOYXXaVHY
— Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) October 19, 2021
At least one Squid Game app has been identified as containing a rogue Android software known as Joker. Disguised as a Squid Game wallpaper app, users that downloaded this app would have unknowingly installed malware onto their Android device, potentially becoming subject to ad fraud, or being signed up to targeted SMS scam campaigns.
This is far from the first time that something like this has popped up on the Google Play Store. Malware distributors have acted under the guise of other massively popular media, including Fortnite, Pokemon, and even COVID-19 apps.