Google evicts 29 malicious apps out of Google Play

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



1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Its always from an anti virus company, its clearly a PR campaign. Google bouncer probably does the job not antivirus's

2. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

3. 1eye4u

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

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

5. 1eye4u

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

@networkdood. WTF?

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