Android adware named Ashas affected millions of users
ESET researchers recently found that more than 42 android apps on google play have an adware named Ashas that affected millions of users.
they found out adware campaign running for about a year, with the involved apps installed eight million times from Google Play alone. The author of this android adware is a university student living in Hanoi, Vietnam.
according to ESET reports, this adware running since July 2018 and most affected countries are Ukraine, Russia, Iran, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.
Ashas, redirect their victims to infected and unsafe websites by displaying malicious and sometimes fraudulent ads
The ESET Company stated all apps that published by this creator, hadn't this adware, and that mean they was a legal app creator at the beginning.
ESET said the ads would appear more than 24 minutes after a user interacted with an infected app and would often bare the logos of other apps -- such as, for example, the Google Play Store app.
they said: "We reported the apps to the Google security team and they were swiftly removed, However, the apps are still available in third-party app stores."
you can see the list of affected apps and their logos in the following:
The most popular member of the Ashas family on Google Play was “Video downloader master” with over five million downloads.
as a solution, users must be careful in download and install apps on their android device.