Security researchers are reporting that malicious Android apps they have detected and reported to Google the first time, have slipped back into the Play Store after changing their name.
Privacy experts have analyzed 5,855 child-directed Android apps and have found that more than half —57%— are potentially violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a US law protecting children's private data online.
Google security staffers have removed 22 Android apps reported to have been infected with the HiddnAd and Guerilla adware families.
There doesn't appear to be an end in sight for the cryptojacking scourge affecting all facets of the web right now.
Google says it removed over 700,000 bad or malicious apps from the Play Store in 2017, up 70% from 2016.
An Android app component meant to provide inter-user chatting capabilities has been opening websites and clicking on ads in phones' background.
A cyber-security firm has discovered what they believe to be the first Android malware family written in the Kotlin programming language.
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.
Google announced plans to crack down on Android applications that fail to warn users when they are collecting personal data. The OS maker is giving app developers 60 days to fix their issues and update apps with notifications of their full practices. In case app developers fail to comply, Google will take it upon itself to warn users
The Google Play Store is seeing a wave of malware-infested apps like never before. Four separate security companies have reported —or are preparing to release reports— on malware campaigns currently underway via Android apps available on the Play Store.
Google has emailed Android app developers and has informed them of plans to remove all apps that misuse the Accessibility service from the Play Store.
A theoretical attack described by security researchers at the start of September has been integrated into a live malware distribution campaign for the first time.
Google's new Play Protect security system did not survive its first real-world tests, and the system was ranked dead last in an experiment carried out by German antivirus testing lab AV-Test.
Google has launched a bug bounty program for popular apps available on its Play Store. Dubbed the Play Security Reward Program, the bug bounty will be offered through the HackerOne platform and is not aimed at Google's own Android apps.
Google has removed eight apps from the official Play Store that were infected with the Sockbot Android malware.
Google has yet to remove two apps infected with dangerous malware that are currently still available for download via the official Google Play Store.
The developer(s) of an Android adware family named GhostClicker has managed to sneak his malware on the official Google Play Store on several occasions, hiding it in as much as 340 mundane Android apps.