By now you are quite familiar with the pattern. Google continues to fight against malicious actors in the Playstore, but the platform remains a habitat for malicious apps. This was a serious issue for Google Play and harmed its Android ecosystem in the background.
Over 85 apps that were infected with adware were removed from the Playstore last month. In August alone, a total of 204 malicious apps were found on Google Play.
Verification of harmful apps found on Google Play in August 2019
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– Luke Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) September 2, 2019
But the trend continues … [196590010CSISeinCybersicherheitsunternehmenveröffentlichteeinenBerichtübereineneueMalwarenamensJokerDieMalwarewarnachwievorinWerbebetrugverwickeltundhattebereits24AppsimPlayStoremitinsgesamtüber500000Downloadsinfiziert In a recent Android adware incident, a New Zealand-based security researcher found four VPN apps that are responsible for the malware. The four apps are all Google Play-hosted VPN apps with a total of over 500 million downloads.
The four apps for the new incident are Hotspot VPN, Free VPN Master, Secure VPN and Security Master from Cheetah Mobile. Andy Michael indicated that these apps were both serving ads while running in the background and placing ads in other places, such as the home screen.
In particular, hotspot VPN has allegedly delivered ads, regardless of whether the app ran in the background or not much of the CPU and battery. Secure VPN through SEC VPN was the worst of the four. It has been found that secure VPN distributes ads across other apps, and even hides the splash screen with a full-screen ad that hides all app icons.
Developers choose this method because they generate revenue and show ads with every click / impression. According to Andy Michael in a blog post, the app brings even more revenue to those looking for a quick buck.
Google has to do something about it. Considering that the platform is the official legitimate source for Android apps and has an open battle with malware-enforced apps. The problem gives cause for concern.
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