The first malicious mobile app pile of 2023 is ridiculous. Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) and National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA) have teamed up to share a list of over 200 apps containing malware on iOS and Android devices.
DES Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said last week in a Facebook post on the ministry’s profile, “The public is being asked to beware of malicious apps.” or hijack your phone.”
These groups claim that victims who download the apps are at risk of having their bank accounts compromised and their phones hijacked by hackers. Unsurprisingly, many of the apps have pretty harmless names like 4K Pro Camera, Beauty Filter, EmojiOne Keyboard, iMessager, Now QRcode Scan, Private SMS, and Wow Translator.
You can see the full list of malicious iOS and Android apps in the slideshow below.
DES and NCSA say they have asked Apple and Google to remove these apps from their respective app stores. Unfortunately, it’s not specified which app was found on which mobile operating system, but if any of these names look like apps that are currently installed on your phone, then you’re safe. We recommend that you delete them until you can confirm that they are correct.