85 Photography and Gaming Adware Apps on Google Play

85 Photography and Gaming Adware Apps on Google Play

Security firm Trend Micro reported 85 photography and gaming adware apps being downloaded 8 Million Times on Google Play. These were caught serving ads, which would take over users’ smartphone(fraudulent money-making scheme), have been removed from the app store.

Adware apps which run on a user’s device, will silently serve & click ads in the background without the user’s knowledge, to generate ad revenue. The apps would keep a record once they were installed, sit dormant for around half-an-hour. After that, app would hide its icon and create a shortcut on the user’s home screen; which helped to protect the app from being deleted if the user decided to uninstall.

“It isn’t your run-of-the-mill adware family,” said Ecular Xu, a mobile threat response engineer at Trend Micro. “Apart from displaying advertisements that are difficult to close, it employs unique techniques to evade detection through user behavior and time-based triggers.”

These ads were shown in full screen and users are forced to view the whole duration of the ad before being able to close it or go back to app itself. When the app is unlocked, it displayed ads on the user’s home screen. Also, its’ code checks to make sure it doesn’t show the same ad too frequently. The ads can be remotely configured by the fraudster, allowing ads to be displayed more frequently than the default five minute intervals.

Trend Micro provided full list of the apps which had a million downloads each. Users about to install the apps had a dead giveaway: most of the apps had appalling reviews, many of which had as many one-star reviews as they did five-stars, with users complaining about the deluge of pop-up ads. Google does not typically comment on app removals beyond acknowledging their removal from Google Play.

Credits: https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/16/-users-tricked-adware-apps/

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85 Photography and Gaming Adware Apps on Google Play
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Security firm Trend Micro reported 85 photography and gaming adware apps being downloaded 8 Million Times on Google Play. These were caught serving ads, which would take over users’ smartphone(fraudulent money-making scheme), have been removed from the app store.
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