08 Feb 2021

With one update, this malicious Android app hijacked millions of devices

Google Play has been battling malicious apps for years, and the most recent to sneak into the Play Store has hijacked roughly 10 million devices. The application in question is a popular barcode scanner app that was transformed into malware with one update. The app had been available on the

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22 Jan 2021

Google Duo may soon stop working on uncertified Android devices

Google Duo may soon fail to operate on Andriod devices that are uncertified, following suit with the Google Messages app which made the same move. Earlier this week, Google Messages included a notice that the app would cease to work on uncertified Andriod devices or certain devices that are not

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30 Nov 2020

Banned Baidu Apps Exposed ‘Sensitive’ Data On Millions Of Android Phones

According to security researchers, two apps made by Chinese tech giant Baidu were leaking sensitive user data that left millions vulnerable to surveillance or cybercrime. The two apps are known to be Baidu Maps and the Baidu App, both of which were removed from the Google Play store last month

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18 Sep 2020

Google Play Bans Stalkerware and ‘Misrepresentation’

Google has announced that its Play Store will enforce stricter bans prohibiting the sale of spy and surveillance ware that could potentially contribute to political influence campaigns. Starting on October 1, any application that could allow someone to track the user’s location or online activity will be removed from the

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24 Jul 2020

Malicious ‘Blur’ Photo App Campaign Discovered on Google Play

Researchers at the White Ops Satori Threat Intelligence and Research Team have uncovered a new campaign consisting of malicious photo apps on Google Play. The malicious apps flood Android devices with random ads aiming to compromise the victim’s device rather than functioning as advertised. According to researchers, the app also

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29 Apr 2020

Sophisticated Android Spyware Attack Spreads via Google Play

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky has disclosed a new campaign targeting specific victims primarily in Southeast Asia that it’s dubbed the PhantomLance espionage campaign. Kaspersky believes that OceanLotus APT could be behind the attacks. The attacks are sophisticated and ongoing, targeting Andriod users in Asia. The campaign features complex spyware that is

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25 Mar 2020

Malware Found Hidden in Android Utility Apps, Children’s Games

Researchers have discovered a new malware family operating in 56 different apps previously available on Google’s Play Store. The applications have already been collectively downloaded almost a million times. The new malware, called Tekya, tries to commit mobile ad fraud by imitating user actions to click on malicious advertisements. Check

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02 Mar 2020

Google’s War on Android App Permissions, 60 Percent Successful

Android apps that needlessly ask for permissions to handset resources such as location data have been a top threat to privacy, according to Google. The company has issued a warning to Andriod app developers regarding the app permissions, which has consequently cut the number of requests in half. Google implemented

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09 Jan 2020

Google Removed Over 1.7K Joker Malware Infected Apps from Play Store

Google has removed 1,700 applications compromised by the Joker Android malware from its Google Play Store to protect consumers from the harmful software. The infected applications have been detected and removed since 2017 when the company began tracking the uploads. CSIS Security Group researchers found 24 apps with over 400,000

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