Document Analysis NLP IA
FREQ, RAKE or TFIDF
Summary (IA Generated)
Earlier this year, the security firm Check Point Research, found that an app named FlixOnline was assuming the look of Netflix, and promising two months of free subscription through WhatsApp messages.
Once you installed the FlixOnline app from the Play Store, it asked for mainly three types of permissions: screen overlay, battery optimization ignore, and notification.
The app “listened” for notifications, and automatically replied to your WhatsApp chats with a message that looked like this:.
Aviran Hazum, Manager of Mobile Intelligence at Check Point Software, said that this is a novel method of spreading malware, and while this app is removed from the Play Store, it could return in another form: .
The malware’s technique is new and innovative, aiming to hijack users’ WhatsApp account by capturing notifications, along with the ability to take predefined actions, like ‘dismiss’ or ‘reply’ via the Notification Manager.
He added that this incident also indicates limitations of Play Store’s in-built protections and Google couldn’t detect malware in this app through its automated tools.
FlixOnline app was live for two months and had nearly 500 installs before Google removed it last month.