Blacklisted apps increase 20%, attackers focus on tax-branded key terms
The number of blacklisted mobile apps that are available on third-party app stores has increased by 20% in the second quarter of this year, a new RiskIQ report shows. These malicious apps make up 2% of all apps. Surprisingly, blacklisted app in the Google Play Store actually declined by 59%.
The study indicates that malicious apps frequently target taxpayers. In fact, 30% of blacklisted apps contained terms relating to the IRS or software for filing taxes.