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Hong Kong Google Play Store's Apps Security Risk Report (March 2017)

Release Date: 27 / 03 / 2017
Last Update: 27 / 03 / 2017

 

Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team (HKCERT) Coordination Centre cooperates with the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team of China (CNCERT) for detecting malicious and suspicious behaviors of Apps from the Google Play Store, in order to study the security risk of apps in the Google Play Store in Hong Kong area. CNCERT provides us analyzed result, and we collate the detection result and publish security alerts to the public.

In the report of March, we have downloaded 146 apps from Play Store, where 5 apps have been identified as high risk. None of them were removed from Play Store (on or before 27-March). The detail of report is shown as follow.

Target scope

  • Top 50 Free Applications in Hong Kong area
  • Top 50 New Free Applications in Hong Kong area
  • Top 50 Free Games in Hong Kong area
  • Top 50 New Free Games in Hong Kong area


Scanned Apps

  • Successful downloaded and scanned: 146 apps
  • Unable to download via the system: 54 apps
  • Downloaded date: 05-March 2017
  • List of the downloaded apps: "Appendix 1" [download]

 

Analysis Overview

 

In this analysis, 146 apps were scanned for bad behaviors. 5 apps were identified as high risk. Based on the level of security threat, the following apps listed below are defined as high risk apps, which refers to apps having behavior, which could cause direct harm to systems and users' interests.


1.    Scanning Result
 

List of security high risk apps

 

Application

High risk behavior description

Malware detection ratio by VirusTotal

Status #

1) Block Puzzle Jewel (v16)

Category: Top Free Game

Installs: 10,000,000+


 

 

  • obtain SIM operator name
  • obtain SIM serial number
  • obtain SIM status
  • obtain device information
  • read phone number
  • obtain network information

10 / 60 [Link]

Available on play store

2) 优酷XL高清影视 (v1.5.1)

Category: Top Free App

Installs: 1,000,000+


 

 

  • obtain device information (IMEI)
  • obtain geo-location information
  • obtain SIM operator name
  • obtain SIM serial number
  • obtain SIM status
  • obtain network information
  • send out phone information

14 / 59 [Link]

Available on play store

3) Happy Fruit Blast (v2)

Category: New Free App, New Free Game

Installs: 10,000+

 

  • obtain device information (IMEI)
  • obtain geo-location information
  • read phone number
  • obtain SIM operator name
  • obtain SIM serial number
  • obtain SIM status

6 / 58 [Link]

Available on play store

4) S Photo Editor - Collage Maker (v1.07)

Category: Top Free App

Installs: 10,000,000+


 

  • obtain device information (IMEI)
  • obtain geo-location information
  • obtain SIM operator name
  • obtain SIM status
  • obtain network information
  • send out phone information

3 / 59 [Link]

Available on play store

5) 魔幻冒險 (v1.0.6)

Category: Top Free App, New Free App, Top Free Game, New Free Game

Installs: 100,000+


 

  • obtain device information (IMEI)
  • obtain geo-location information
  • read phone number
  • obtain SIM operator name
  • obtain SIM status
  • obtain network information

18 / 59 [Link]

Available on play store

 Remark (#): The status was checked on 27-March. There is no direct relation between the on-shelf status and this report.

 

2.    High risk app analysis


Please refer to "Appendix 2" [download]