Google Removes 36 Fake Android Security Apps Packed with Adware

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  1. silversurfer

    silversurfer Malware Tester Silver Member

    Google has removed 36 Android apps that snuck into the official Play Store, posing as security and performance boosting apps, but which only contained code to mimic the behavior of such apps.

    In reality, these applications contained code that focused on showing fake security alerts, displaying intrusive ads, and secretly collecting troves of personal data.

    The existence of these apps came to light today, after Trend Micro researcher Lorin Wu published a report about their abusive behavior.

    Wu says he spotted the apps in December and worked with Google to remove them from the Play Store.

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