Hundreds of Instagram users have already been fooled into providing account information to fraudsters in exchange for a higher social media following. Users began looking for ways to increase their follower counts and, as a result, their popularity. Cybercriminals have created a new Android malware disguised as Instagram apps that can increase a user’s followers and likes.
A fast online search will reveal a plethora of similar apps. However these apps violate Instagram’s terms of service. These all apps are sideloaded because they aren’t available on the Google Play Store or other legitimate app shops. This also implies that they may contain malware, trojans, or viruses.
McAfee’s Mobile Research Team examined the app InstaFollower, which promises “free and hassle-free Instagram followers and likes” via 4,500 daily follower and 4,000 daily like credits.
Beware Of The Instagram Apps That Claims To Give Free Followers
The researchers discovered that the software quickly displays a malicious webpage after displaying an advertisement. InstaFollower attempts to circumvent Android antivirus programmes by doing malicious activities on the website’s backend rather than within the app itself.
InstaFollower fulfils its promise of free followers and likes by exploiting the credentials of individuals who use the app to raise the social media following of others who have loaded it. Everyone who uses the app has a relationship with one another, and any credentials taken from it are in the virus creator’s database.