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Apps on Google Play Pose As Games and Infect Millions of Users with Adware


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:27 PM

A couple of days ago, a user posted a comment on our forum regarding apps harboring adware that can be found on Google Play. This didn’t seem like anything spectacular at the beginning, but once I took a closer look it turned out that this malware was a bit bigger than I initially thought. First of all, the apps are on Google Play, meaning that they have a huge target audience – in English speaking and other language regions as well. Second, the apps were already downloaded by millions of users and third, I was surprised that the adware lead to some legitimate companies.
When you install Durak, it seems to be a completely normal and well working gaming app. This was the same for the other apps, which included an IQ test and a history app. This impression remains until you reboot your device and wait for a couple of days. After a week, you might start to feel there is something wrong with your device. Some of the apps wait up to 30 days until they show their true colors. After 30 days, I guess not many people would know which app is causing abnormal behavior on their phone, right?

https://blog.avast.com/2015/02/03/apps-on-google-play-pose-as-games-and-infect-millions-of-users-with-adware/

Edit: Topic moved from Cell Phones to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 03:12 PM

Turns out that there were dozens of apps from the same gang of fraudsters. Seems this has been going on since 2013.....unnoticed by Google....or was it...

 

QUOTE: BBC News - Android adware 'infects millions' of phones and tablets.........In addition to the Durak card game, other apps alleged to be involved include:

  • A Russian language IQ test, which Google Play indicates had been downloaded up to five million times
  • A Russian history educational tool, which Google Play indicates had been downloaded up to 50,000 times

A search by the BBC for other apps made by the same developers revealed dozens more apps, including video games, a psychology guide, wedding planning software and cookery tips - all of which have now been blocked.


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 01:15 PM

Google removed all these apps. But this brings up the question - how do they really screen the apps and find them fit for Google Play Store?






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