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Google evicts 29 malicious apps out of Google Play

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Google evicts 29 malicious apps out of Google Play
It’s no secret that the Google Play store has a few seedy alleys, so to speak. In an attempt to clean up some of the mess, Google has removed 29 malicious apps from the Google Play store.

Symantec identified 29 apps that, when installed, collected email addresses and phone numbers. All 29 app shared common code and were targeted at Japanese audiences.

The first app appeared in the store as early as February. The first deployment was embedded into a variety of different types of app ranging from contact managers to diet assistance. Proving unpopular, the developers released a second round. The second wave all had titles that ended in “the Movie”, and played a video about popular Japanese video games. These apps were installed an estimated 70,000 to 300,000 times. Essentially, the app would simultaneously download the user requested movie while uploading the user’s contact list to a remote server.

Joji Hamada from Symantec said, “According to Yomiuri Online, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has begun investigating this incident and is attempting to track down the developers.

source: AndroidAuthority

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posted on 17 Apr 2012, 08:38 4

1. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Its always from an anti virus company, its clearly a PR campaign.

Google bouncer probably does the job not antivirus's

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 10:16 1

2. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


see, trust the googlightning guy and you get a sh`it OS with virus

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 11:49 8

4. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


You missed the boat when God passed out intelligence, right?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 11:35 2

3. 1eye4u (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2009)


The popular Miren browser also got whacked from Google Play. Was that app also malicious?

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 08:15

5. 1eye4u (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2009)


@networkdood. WTF?

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