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Danger to Android users: 17 new malicious apps have been discovered - Walla! TECH

2020-01-16T02:30:58.241Z

Have an Android-based smartphone? Security researchers have found 17 new malicious apps that are hurting smartphone performance. The apps distribute advertisements and harm the current experience, including ...



Danger to Android users: 17 new malicious apps have been discovered

Have an Android-based smartphone? Security researchers have found 17 new malicious apps that are hurting smartphone performance. The apps distribute advertisements and harm the current experience, including significant damage to battery life. If you have one of these apps, uninstall them immediately

Danger to Android users: 17 new malicious apps have been discovered

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Android users? 17 apps available in the app store turned out to be especially dangerous. If you have one listed, you should remove it as soon as possible. According to Bitdefender security experts, known for its antivirus software, all the apps in the list distribute on smartphone, both on the home screen and on the other screens on the mobile device. The security company has reported that developers are getting better, using sophisticated tactics to slip under Google's radar, causing their applications to stay in store despite the damage they contain. One of these tactics was to stop advertising, even if the app is closed, for 4 hours, so they won't be detected as malicious.

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Also, the apps triggered messages at random intervals and split their source code into multiple files to better disguise themselves. They also presented themselves as legitimate by including all the features promised in the app store in their code, even if they did not show it to users on the main interface. Researchers have found 17 of these downloaded hundreds of thousands of times by users around the world, and you should pay attention to whether one of them is installed on your smartphone. Aside from the advertisements, perhaps the most notable factor to worry about - they are significantly wasting your device's battery life, potentially damaging your smartphone and the information inside it. Thus, developers are making money at the expense of users and wasting vast amounts of smartphone resources.

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The report also stated that the developers offered an Android game, which included additional paid features. However, even though he worked as he claimed to advertise, the amount of commercials was so great that players could not play at all. Once such an app is installed on the smartphone, there is a 33 percent chance that the user will encounter a forced advertisement. Google has announced that it will very soon remove its apps from its store, and will continue to fight against such forced advertisements on downloaders. Security researchers who found the breach noted that the apps were distributing advertisements, so only removal would be enough to get your smartphone back on track. You can find the full list here, and if one is installed, you should remove it immediately.

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