Available for download on the Google Play Store for several years, a fake application targeting Samsung user was particularly popular. Except that it had absolutely no use, except to cost you a lot.
For a very long time, when searching for the terms "Samsung Android Update" on Google, you had a good chance of being directed to the application of the same name. The latter was listed on the first page of search engine results. As you can see, this result returned to the Android application store. But as described by a researcher of the Danish company CSIS Group, this application, which is not related to Samsung, was not really recommendable. In fact, despite its ten million downloads, its only real benefit was to empty your bank account.
To download an update, the user was asked to pay about thirty euros. An operation that is however free and accessible directly from the settings of his smartphone without the need to install any application. According to the comments that were present on the form of the application "Update for Samsung", the first downloads date back to 2013.
In order not to arouse suspicion, no subscription was paid through Google. The victims were invited to redirect to a site called Updato, and register their credit card number.
After verification, this site managed by the eVeek company which was created in 2006, and based in Seattle has also published several applications of games on the App Store, with much more limited success.
It seems as we are writing this article that this app is no longer available as the result of the Google search now returns to an error page.