The VivaVideo app can look familiar for many Android users in Spain. This video editing application has made headlines this year, although not because of its quality. Last spring, spyware was detected in the application, so users who had it installed were asked to uninstall it from their phones.
This spyware had the ability to steal bank details from users who had VivaVideo installed on their phones. It seemed that the app was complying with the rules again, but they have relapsed. Since the app has been accused of having stolen user data, as well as subscribing them to paid subscriptions without their knowledge or permission.
If you use the VivaVideo app, delete it immediately: it is dangerousVivaVideo is a popular video editing application where spyware has been detected that can steal users’ bank details.
VivaVideo subscribed users without permission
The security firm Secure-D has been in charge of discover these new problems with VivaVideo. The application, which accumulates more than 100 million downloads in the Play Store, is caught again in violation of the rules of the Google store. This security firm has analyzed the background behavior of the application, where they have discovered a series of very serious fraud attempts.
The application requests more permissions than are really necessary to carry out its activity, the editing of videos. In addition, inside there are purchases, with which you have access to all its functions. Advertising fraud is committed in the application, since ads are opened in the background and clicks are simulated by the user.
Additionally, security researchers found that try to subscribe users to paid subscriptions to get commission per affiliate. More than 20 million attempted fraudulent transactions were recorded, which could have resulted in $ 27 million in false charges. It could also be seen that the VivaVideo developers also take advantage of the application to capture data from the user’s phone.
Secure-D has communicated its discovery to Google, so that they will take measures, such as ejecting VivaVideo from the Play Store. For users who have this application installed on their phones, it is best to delete it, in order to take all possible precautions.
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