You never know what you’ll find in the Google Play Store. But if you see an app that promises free Netflix, ignore it and borrow a family member’s account, just like us. An app called FlixOnline was on the Play Store for two months promising free Netflix, and of course it managed to dump malware on about 500 devices.
First noticed by Check Point Research, the FlixOnline app does not offer free Netflix access. Instead, it asks for different mobile phone permissions to access the victim̵
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Yes, we all deserve free Netflix “For REASON OF QUARANTINE.” But you won’t find free Netflix on the app store, or anywhere outside of a real Netflix trial. While this FlixOnline malware may seem like a simple worm, it can also be used to extract personal information from victims’ phones or hijack other apps.
Google removed FlixOnline from the Play Store shortly after its discovery by Check Point Research. Still, anyone with experience in technology could tell you that an app that promises free Netflix is dangerous, and the fact that it flew under Google’s radar shows you should avoid Android apps that look suspicious or promote claims that are too good to be true.
If you have downloaded FlixOnline, you will need to delete the app and change the passwords for all the accounts you have opened on your phone. Maybe now is a good time to generate secure credentials with a password manager or to lock your accounts with two-factor authentication.
Source: Check Point Research via Gizmodo