Google has taken swift motion after it was found that greater than a dozen apps that set up malware on consumer units have been discovered within the Google Play retailer.
The corporate has yanked the 13 Android apps, which included automotive and truck driving simulations in addition to a pair that really obtained featured within the retailer’s trending part. Nonetheless, that removing got here after a researcher claimed that no less than 500,000 customers had obtain the apps in whole, risking the set up of malware on their units.
From a report through NDTV Devices: “The apps not solely confirmed no respectable performance but in addition hid within the handsets to make it simpler to put in malware … In a tweet [which you can read below] ESET safety researcher Lukas Stefanko revealed particulars concerning the 13 malicious apps found within the Google Play Retailer. He claimed that these apps containing Android malware have been downloaded over 560,000 occasions. Apparently, all of the apps listed a single developer named Luiz Pinto.”
The NDTV report goes to notice the apps have been mainly disguised as video games, however they didn’t work, and truly crashed each time they have been launched. They included a luxurious automotive driving simulator, and their thumbnail photos confirmed graphics that made them appear respectable. Based on the tweet above, the apps would ask to put in a further APK, and Stefanko went on to put up movies exhibiting how they function, which you’ll see right here:
“It isn’t the primary time that a large variety of Android customers have been affected by malicious apps containing malware,” the NDTV piece rightly concludes. “Final yr, an auto-clicking adware known as Judy was found on 41 apps and stated to have affected between 8.5 million and 36.5 million Android units. Additionally, one other botnet malware known as FalseGuide had reportedly contaminated tens of millions of Android units through Google Play.”
Google, for its half, is aware of it must be extra aggressive on this space. In January, the corporate disclosed that it had pulled greater than 700,000 malicious apps from the Play Retailer final yr.