Apps related to Netflix’s most popular show, Squid game, began to appear everywhere. The vast majority are unofficial and some of them contain malware.
Forbes found a Squid game wallpaper app on google play with malware that had been downloaded more than 5,000 times before it is detected and deleted.
It could have been worse, then. The offending app was loaded with Joker malware that signed up users for expensive SMS services, but future malware could be much more malicious.
Over 200 #SquidGame related applications are available on Google Play
Seems like a great opportunity to make money on in-app ads of one of the most popular TV shows without an official game.
The most downloaded of them reached 1 million installs in 10 days. Its gameplay is not so well managed pic.twitter.com/gCOYXXaVHY
– Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) October 19, 2021
Last week I wrote about a deluge of application classifications in Australia based Squid game. Over 200 were ranked in the past week, mostly thanks to the free online IARC ranking tool, which only requires developers to complete a quiz and link to a store page.
Bet most of them don’t have Netflix’s blessing, although a lot of them use the same themes and art – like the iconic doll and prisoners with numbers in games like Red light, green light.
The real question may be how many Squid game games are actually malware – although most are probably just early versions of Red light, green light seeking to capitalize on the popularity of the show.