Google has cleaned up the Google Play catalog, removing a total of 22 applications with malicious functionality from its range. It is reported by Ars Technica with reference to the report of the antivirus company Sophos. According to experts, remote programs could run in the background regardless of the will of the owner of the infected device and, imitating clicks on advertisements, brought money to their creators.
Despite the fact that the applications that run an infinite cycle of clicks on banner ads, did not cause harm to user data and in no way encroached on their financial savings, they harmed infected devices. Continuous work in the background had a negative impact on the battery life of the devices and overheated them, risking irreparable damage to vital components.
Why are applications from Google Play dangerous
But the worst thing, the researchers found that some applications from the remote list originally did not contain malicious code. They loaded it after the victim was installed on the device, doing it either secretly from the user, or sending a request for an update. Thus, the creators managed for a long time to keep their offspring secret from the moderators and algorithms of Google Play, engaged in the continuous search for dangerous applications.
A total of 22 applications that were removed from Google Play were downloaded about two million times, which means they lasted in the catalog long enough to gain such popularity. According to Sophos researchers, at least one malicious program originally hit the Google app store assortment back in 2016 or 2017, infecting about a million devices throughout its existence.
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