Avast Report found several scam apps being promoted on TikTok and Insta profiles

A year Czech girl, who was a participant in Avast’s Be Safe Online Project, reported a scam app promoted on TikTok to the CyberSecurity firm, Avast. With that, the security firm led to discovery of 7 apps in total of this kind.

These apps were found to be promoting on at least 3 TikTok Profiles (one of which has total 3 lakh followers) and an Insta account with fifty thousand followers. They were downloaded over 2.4 Million times that allowed their owners to earned around $5, 00,000.

According to Avast researchers, the malicious apps were developed by same individuals/groups, known as Abdelsatar Abdalmotaleb, Moteleb Inc., or Go Best.

Those adware scam apps were available on Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store, promoted as game, wallpaper or free music download apps. Some of these carried HiddenAds Trojan that hides the app icon and makes it difficult to locate the source of ads.

After the install, these apps ask Android and Mac users for the permission to use camera, microphone, and storage and even read contacts and access to perform multiple functions.

Being a starter, what you should go ahead and download any apps is to read the reviews. If you are downloading from Play Store, there is fairly good chance that you will find helpful reviews. Scam apps generally have no many reviews. Second important thing is that, you should be choosy about how you let your apps access your microphone, camera, location and storage.

Also, check the in-app purchases, for example, if a wallpaper app asks you to pay certain amount of fee, you should reconsider about it before pay for it. At last, you should try stick to official app stores only for any software download. These are safer because they quickly remove any reported scam apps.

Valorant Act Two end date and time confirmed by official

Riot Games has officially revealed the end date for Valorant Act Two. It is set on October 13th. The developer informed about this by a tweet read as:

“Act II is coming to a close. Get in those last Ranked wins and go out on top when your Act Rank locks on October 13th.”

Another tweet says about the time when the ranked matchmaking will go offline:

“If you’re looking to play down to the wire, the last time you can queue for a Ranked match before Act III starts in NA is at 4:30 AM PT on October 13th.

So, you, being the Valorant player, have less than a week to move up your ranking and unlock the battle pass bonuses.

Remember, players will only be able to enter the ranked matchmaking before the announced end time, i.e., at 4:30 AM PT/5:00 PM IST on Oct 13th. However, if a match gets carried past the deadline, it will still unlock rewards based on player’s performance on the match.

Rumors suggest Valorant Act Three (that the Valorant Community is now looking forward to after the end of Act 2 announced) will soon be released a few hours after the end of the Act Two. It will be exciting to see as it will introduce new gameplay features to the multiplayer FPS.

Before the announcement of the end of Act two, Riot Games had posted an image, possibly hinting at Act Three. Fans’ predication is that the image is referring to a new winter map for the game. However, previously, the developers confirmed that they would only bring a new map after the end of Episode 1, which consists of three Acts.

Another Speculation theory says that the image is more likely refer to another in-game character, probably with cold related powers rather than a new map, as in Act 2, we have seen “Killjoy,” a new playable character with new powers, entered the fray in Valorant.

All in all, this announcement has brought excitement among Valorant Players to a fevered patch. It will be exciting to see what the developers have in store for the Players this time.

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