This free Netflix app for Android devices is just malware in disguise
April 11, 2021

It could potentially infect your device and steal information.

A malware disguised as a Netflix app somehow made its way to the Google Play Store. Named FlixOnline, the app features the Netflix logo and fools users into thinking that it comes with 60 days of free premium access. 

As with all malware, that isn’t exactly the case. FlixOnline was passed around on WhatsApp messages, telling unsuspecting users about the malicious app. The app will lead users to a Netflix-looking sign-up page that asks for credit card information to get free premium access. This is of course a phishing site, and once they get your credentials, it can automatically start charging your account.

Check Point Research detailed the new malware, citing that it can also take advantage of WhatsApp once permissions are granted. It can utilize this access to spread the malware and infecting more users.

The Whatsapp message reads like this:

“2 Months of Netflix Premium Free at no cost For REASON OF QUARANTINE (CORONA VIRUS)* Get 2 Months of Netflix Premium Free anywhere in the world for 60 days. Get it now HERE https://bit[.]ly/3bDmzUw.”

The app was said to be live at the Google Play Store for two months and has victimized more than 500 users. The app is now offline on the Google Play Store, but there is a chance that it could come back.

“This wormable Android malware features innovative and dangerous new techniques for spreading itself, and for manipulating or stealing data from trusted applications such as WhatsApp.  It highlights that users should be wary of download links or attachments that they receive via WhatsApp or other messaging apps, even when they appear to come from trusted contacts or messaging groups,” said Aviran Hazum, Bodgan Melnykov, and Israel Wenik in their published research

To keep yourself safe, never click a link forwarded to you like a message, and always run trusted antivirus apps on your Android device on a regular basis.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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