Google removes 85 adware apps that were installed by millions of users

[ Jan 09, 2019 ]

Google has removed 85 Android apps from the official Play Store that security researchers from Trend Micro deemed to contain a common strain of adware.

The 85 apps had been downloaded over nine million times, and one app, in particular, named “Easy Universal TV Remote,” was downloaded over five million times, according to researchers.

While the apps were uploaded on the Play Store from different developer accounts and were signed by different digital certificates, they exhibited similar behaviors and shared the same code, researchers said in a report published today.

Cyber Security Tips :  

  • The Google Play Protect service disabled the apps on users’ smartphones, users who access their Google Play app will also be able to see an alert if they previously installed one of the apps, along with a prompt to uninstall any apps from their devices for good.


 

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