The original Clubhouse app is still only available for iOS users, a supposed app for Android is fake and brings malware with it!
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Clubhouse has a pretty exclusive touch to it. On the one hand it is reserved for iOS users, on the other hand you can only use it if you are invited to do so.
Now there is an Android version, but not the original – it is a fake. So if Android users are initially happy that they can now be included in the “exclusive group”, they will soon find out that this is not the case.
But that’s not all. The fake app for Android users also harbors dangers.
Malware in fake apps
Criminals have now published a fake app for Android, which, however, brings with it the Trojan “BlackRock”. Once you have the malware on your device, it tries to access the credentials of 458 online services, reports ESET.
Malicious web claiming to offer #Clubhouse for Android spreads banking trojan Blackrock. It lures credentials from 458 apps – financial, cryptocurrency exchanges & wallets, social, IM and shopping apps. There is currently no official Clubhouse app for Android. #ESETresearch 1/2 pic.twitter.com/azlxjvIgNO
– ESET research (@ESETresearch) March 16, 2021
These include well-known finance and shopping apps such as Amazon, ebay, Cash App, BBVA and Coinbase, as well as social media and messaging platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook.
Even with SMS-based two-factor authentication, you cannot protect yourself, as the malware intercepts text messages.
Clubhouse fake app can be downloaded from the website
The Clubhouse fake version for Android can be downloaded from a website that is deceptively similar to the official Clubhouse website. However, the domain “.mobi” is used instead of “.com”, the site is also unencrypted compared to the official site and only uses the HTTP protocol.
There is a button on the fake website that is supposed to lead to the Google Play Store. However, after tapping this, the app is downloaded directly to the device.
Official Android version in planning
Clubhouse has already announced an Android app. However, to date there is no time horizon when it can be expected.
For this reason alone, it is important to be suspicious of all supposed Android versions of the Clubhouse app.
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