Google Play has decided to remove 38 adware infected android apps from it’s store. Google Play, formerly Android Market, is an American digital distribution service operated and developed by Google.
It is also noted that the fraudulent apps redirected users to “out-of-context URLs” and in some cases, made it nearly “impossible” for users to delete them. The research paper claims that these apps had amassed more than 20 million downloads.
The malicious apps, discovered by cyber security firm WhiteOps, displayed out-of-context advertisements, redirected users to out-of-context URLs and were difficult to remove once installed.
The authors of the research paper claim that the all apps on Google Play store were developed by the same group of developers.
The apps masqueraded as beauty apps for taking and editing selfies. In reality, they spammed users with ads, launched websites and removed the app icon from the app listings so it was “nearly impossible” to delete the apps. WhiteOps has posted the full list of the bogus beauty apps online.
The first app was discovered in January 2019, and while several more were published and removed from the Play Store by Google in the months to follow, they gained a large volume of interest from users.
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