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Malicious apps now post their own positive reviews on Google Play

The assault on Google’s Play Store continues with 30 malicious apps being revealed that have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and having capabilities that have caused security firms suggesting end users take extraordinary steps to vet software prior to downloading. VPNpro and Trend Micro made public 24 and four apps, respectively, that are…
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Bitdefender, Sophos uncover more dangerous apps in Google Play

Two new batches of malicious apps have been found on the Google Play store with one group possibly having been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and the other having the ability to dodge Google vetting system. Sophos and Bitdefender have each reported the apps they discovered used well-worn tricks, including actually working, in order…
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49 Google Play app titles found to deliver pesky ads

Researchers recently uncovered 49 adware-laced Android apps that were downloaded from the Google Play store more than 3 million times, collectively, before they were reportedly removed. Many of the apps were disguised as games, video editors and stylized photo and filter programs. Sample titles included Cut Out Studio Pro, Tattoo Maker, Bubble Effect, CLOWN MASK,…
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Google Play adware campaign taken down, developer identified

A year-long investigation by ESET of an adware campaign found 42 apps on Google Play that had been downloaded 8 million times, along with the Vietnamese malicious actor behind the scheme. The campaign has been active since July 2018, and while all the apps were reported to Google and removed, they can still be found…
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Malicious ad clicking apps with 1.5M downloads found on Google Play

Researchers found and reported two apps that remained available on Google Play for more than a year containing ad-clicking malware. The notepad app Idea Note and fitness app Beauty Fitness were created by the developer Idea Master were in the store for more than a year being downloaded about 1.5 million times. Symantec Software Engineer…
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AhMyth –based malicious app found in Google Play

A new type of Android-centric spyware has been found that is capable of avoiding Google’s app-vetting process. Malicious actors have placed the spyware in an app, called Radio Balouch, aka RB Music, which does in fact deliver on its advertised promise of playing Balouchi-style music, a traditional music that encompasses classical, semi-classical, and folk music…
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Massively invasive Italian spyware campaign found on Google Play

The non-profit security organization Security Without Borders (SWB) has identified a campaign utilizing Italian-language service applications from mobile operators apps that instead of doing their stated function are in fact spyware. The groups report stated that dozens of infected apps had been found in the Google Play store with a possible download total in the…
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Google Play announces 2019 malicious app crackdown

Google Play announced it will continue its crackdown on malicious apps into 2019 by focusing more on user privacy, developer integrity and harmful app contents and behavior. Google said it plans to introduce additional policies for device permissions and user data throughout the year, according to a Feb. 13 blog post. “In addition to identifying…
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Google Play boots fake apps that spy on devices’ motion sensor data before dropping Anubis malware

A fake currency converter and a phony battery utility program are among the latest fraudulent apps to be expunged from Google Play, according to researchers who discovered they were infecting users with a version of the Anubis banking malware family. Both fraudulent apps employ a crafty technique to determine whether it is safe for them…
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Google Play rejecting, whitelisting SMS, phone apps

Enforcing a previously announced new policy, Google Play this week began monitoring and potentially rejecting apps that request phone call logs and SMS permissions if they don’t abide by a set of rules in an effort to protect user privacy. Only an app that has been selected as a user’s default app for making calls…
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