Adware infected apps on Google Play reached millions of Android devices

By Himanshu Arora ยท 9 replies
Feb 4, 2015
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  1. Several apps available in the Google Play Store that have been downloaded by a large number of users are harboring a form of malware that waits days or weeks until turning the adware on, popping up advertisements or trying to trick users...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It's all very well Google acting swiftly and removing them but how did they make their way into the Playstore in the 1st place, aren't all apps supposed to be thoroughly checked out by Google before users are allowed to download them?
    Anyway those poor saps who downloaded the malware will probably have to do a factory reset of their devices to properly remove the bugs.
  3. Obviously they didn't act swift enough.
  4. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +137

    This is what happens when the public blindly installs apps without investigating them first. Analize them, etc. I get Amazon's Free App of the Day and I only actually get maybe one a month cause the others have sketchy permissions and/or obvious malware or data collections within. Flurry Analytics is a common one used to simply track your activity and serve adds. This is how places like Google make their mega-billions people. I don't support it and refuse all of these apps. I still have a few hundred games and tools in my library all safe and trustworthy. It just takes a bit of investigation before blindly installing the new game or app.

    Look at the permissions for that Durak game.. Holy cow there's no way in tar-nation I'd even look further. The game doesn't need to be on any of my devices...
  5. But but... Uhhm~ what if ...say I do have porn on my phone. that isn't a lie
  6. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 719   +236

    What I don't get is why there is no "report this app as malware" in the playstore!

    Going to any of these shady video stream web pages pops up all kinds of apps to install that are so obviously fake and BS its not even funny and there is no option to report it.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    What I don't get is why there is no one to hold responsible for listing malware in the app store. Do they not ask for authentic people when adding their apps? Is a non traceable email all that is required to list your app in the store?
  8. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 149   +58

    I imagine that's because of possible competitors anonymously (or with bogus accounts) reporting apps as spam.
  9. gunste24

    gunste24 TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Even Google Chrome came with adware garbage. I recently installed it on a new PC and found that the home page was, a well know junk virus. I uninstalled, and reinstalled with care. Same result. Goodbye Chrome. Google cannot be contacted for feedback. I guess they dopn't want to hear any complaints about their products. Must be the result of aging and success.
  10. Bruce Fraser

    Bruce Fraser TS Rookie

    If the code doesn't activate until a week after installation -- or even a month -- then the only way Google could check the app would be to de-compile the executable and examine the code line by line. I don't know how many thousand apps are added each day, but I just don't see how this would be feasible.
    Curious, then: the same technique could be used in iOS apps. Any word of that happening?

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