PDRM Issues Warning: Beware of Malicious APK Files Masquerading as Wedding Invitations


The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has issued a public advisory regarding a malicious campaign that involves attackers disguising malicious Android Package Kit (APK) files as wedding invitations. These APK files are designed to infect and compromise the devices of unsuspecting victims.

Modus Operandi

Attackers are leveraging social media platforms and messaging applications to spread these malicious invitations. When recipients click on the invitation, they are prompted to download an APK file under the guise of accessing the wedding details. However, this APK file actually contains malware that can infect the user's device.


Once the malicious APK file is installed on the victim's device, it can gain access to various sensitive information, including personal data, banking credentials, and even device control. This can lead to financial losses, identity theft, and other serious consequences.

Detection and Mitigation

PDRM urges the public to be vigilant and exercise caution when encountering suspicious invitations online. Here are some key measures to protect oneself from this threat:

1. Verify the Source:

Always confirm the authenticity of the sender before clicking on any invitation links. If you are not familiar with the sender, it is advisable to proceed with caution.

2. Avoid Downloading APK Files:

Legitimate wedding invitations typically do not require users to download external APK files. If an invitation prompts you to download an APK file, it is highly suspicious and should be avoided.

3. Use Antivirus Software:

Install reputable antivirus software on your device to detect and block malicious files. Keep the antivirus software updated to ensure the latest protection against evolving threats.

4. Report Suspicious Activity:

If you encounter suspicious invitations or suspect that your device has been compromised, report it to the police immediately. Provide all relevant details to aid in the investigation.

Technical Details

Technical analysis of the malicious APK files revealed that they contain remote access trojans (RATs) that allow attackers to control the infected devices remotely. These RATs can be used to perform various malicious activities, such as:

  • Stealing sensitive information
  • Installing additional malware
  • Spying on user activities
  • Controlling device functions (e.g., camera, microphone)

Prevention Tips

In addition to the measures mentioned above, PDRM recommends the following preventive measures:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited messages or emails.
  • Be cautious of emails or messages that appear to come from legitimate organizations but contain suspicious content or attachments.
  • Only download apps from official app stores (e.g., Google Play Store, Apple App Store).
  • Keep your software and operating systems up to date with the latest security patches.
  • Regularly scan your devices for malware using trusted antivirus software.
  • Back up your data regularly in case of device compromise.


PDRM's advisory highlights the importance of digital vigilance and awareness of evolving cyber threats. By following the recommended preventive measures, individuals can protect themselves from malicious APK files disguised as wedding invitations and safeguard their devices and personal information. If you suspect that your device has been compromised, report it to the police immediately for prompt action.

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