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how risky is installing pirated android APKS

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Vladamir, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. Vladamir

    Vladamir Power Member

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    the question is the title there is an app that I wanted to download for mindfulnness meditation called com I found it but I'm scared it's can infect my phone in some way, and it's insane they charge $10 a month just to listen to a video or two of meditation music.
     
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    Ransomware is a big deal with these fake apps, hard to say what's in it without looking at the source code
     
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    moonshine7000 Senior Member

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    Let @pewep get some meditation music for you not worth the $10
     
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    Really, 10 buks for crap, and never download carcked app it may contain backdoor, could use your phone Bitcoin mining, data stealing or just lock your phone for ransom.
     
  5. JustUs

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    Well.... There is always the master reset.
     
  6. uncutu

    uncutu Supreme Member

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    i used cracked apk's for years never had issue. but i too worry maybe they put something malicious in there. i don't have any sensitive data on my phone anyway. no sim, can't make calls.
    using xprivacy gives some sense of security by prompting you and letting you allow/deny when the app wants to do something it doesn't have to: ie use internet or access phone/webcam.
     
  7. tb303

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    Use bluestacks emulator and try and install the apk there and see if it causes problems.
    Same as you would with a VM for a dodgy .exe
     
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  8. spaceinvader

    spaceinvader Regular Member

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    Kinda unrelated to op but I find a some windows programs these days have really shit hot VM detection, I've taken to using a spare laptop with a cloned OS I can quickly refresh. Had a really hard time finding embroidery digitizing software for a project, that stuff costs £2k a licence and a lot of them use hardware dongles to prevent piracy.
     
  9. tb303

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    I dont see how its unrelated to the OP. I had an apk file I didnt trust so I installed it in bluestacks emulator and watched the traffic with wireshark.
     
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    I meant my comment was unrelated, my fault, I wasn't clear.
     
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    If you're going to download pirated apks then don't use bank mobile apps if you appreciate your money LOL :D
     
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