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Trezor crypto wallet warns users of doppelgänger scam app on Google Play

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Trezor, a serious {hardware} cryptocurrency pockets provider, has warned its customers a couple of pretend Trezor utility on Google Play.

In keeping with Trezor, the pretend app is malicious and has no relation to Trezor or SatoshiLabs, an organization that created the Trezor pockets. Saying the information on Jan. 18, Trezor requested its purchasers to not set up the malicious utility, reminding customers that they need to by no means share their seed phrase with anybody.

Trezor additionally provided its customers with a brief handbook on utilizing Trezor pockets with Android. Within the handbook, the corporate listed main third-party Trezor apps together with Mycelium, Sentinel or Walleth.

At publishing time, the malicious app remains to be obtainable on Google Play. As of Jan. 18, the app was reportedly downloaded greater than 1,000 instances. The doppelgänger app additionally has about 200 critiques on the app retailer, with the bulk warning that it’s a rip-off. “This app is a rip-off. By no means enter your restoration phrase in something besides an official {hardware} Trezor. Anybody that asks for this phrase (moreover a bodily Trezor) is making an attempt to rip-off you),” one supposed consumer wrote.

Trezor didn’t instantly reply to Cointelegraph’s request for remark.

This isn’t the primary time {that a} pretend app has been listed on Google Play. In Could 2019, Cointelegraph reported on a malicious Google Play app imitating Trezor wallet. The app was discovered by ESET antivirus researchers, who mentioned that they count on extra crypto rip-off apps to enter the Android retailer because the crypto market grows.

On-line scammers have been focusing on different standard crypto firms to impersonate their apps on Google and steal cash from customers. In Could 2020, a cybersecurity researcher found 22 malicious Google Chrome extensions imitating crypto providers like Trezor’s rival Ledger and main Ether (ETH) pockets MetaMask.