Hackers are packing malicious viruses into fake mobile Nintendo games to infect Android devices, a new report reveals.
The malware – or malicious software – known as "Gunpoder" has the ability to steal personal information as well as take payments.
Attackers embed malicious code into what is known as Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator, according to Palo Alto Networks's report. This NES app, not affiliated to Nintendo, lets you play very old games from the Japanese company such as Super Mario on your mobile device.
Once a user downloads the app, a pop-up appears with terms and conditions telling the user that the software has advertisements and collects data from your device and share it with third parties. By tapping "ok" the user is giving permission for Airpush -- software that allows developers to show ads within their app -- to carry out a data collection.