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Google discards another batch of 22 Malware-Laced Applications from its Play

Experts warn not to use Android often at this time to surf Google Play Store to download applications. For, during the recent weeks, Play Store was found with malware-laced applications which people downloaded in more than one-half million attempts. The Cheetah Mobile applications too were discovered carrying out click fraud as well as consuming batteries fast from end-user devices. It's being reported that Google lately removed 22 more applications from its Play Store which got downloaded in more than two million attempts.


According to director Manish Kumawat of Cryptus Cyber Security Pvt. Ltd., the said applications contain non-description titles such as Table Soccer, Sparkle Flashlight and Zombie Killer among others and their first appearance on Play was during 2016. Sophos the anti-virus supplier reports that after one year during March 2018, purveyors of Sparkle Flashlight as well as two other applications updated their apps with a destructive virus which could enable hackers gain admission into end-users' smart-phones. The remaining nineteen applications were launched inside Play Store having a background downloader right from the beginning, after June 2018.


There have been similar instances before which Google's Play had encountered. In November this year, Google had discarded thirteen applications from its Play as those were discovered as loading malware onto end-users' phones. A huge 5,600,000 end-users of Android-powered smart-phones took down the said apps that consisted of simulators for one sophisticated car driving, fire truck, truck, and others. Further, in 2017, Google had reportedly been behind proliferation of an adware performing automatic clicks on an enormous number of 36m smart-phones. www.firstpost.com posted this on the Internet dated December 9, 2018.


Given the situation thus, Google, in a proactive manner, discarded the applications from its Store during November end-week. Although there is now no scope for downloading the applications from the authorized Play Store, yet the command and control system of the apps continues to be active. Devices still holding any of these applications may yet be enabling their developers earn constant revenue through continuous defrauding of ad generating networks. Hence, these apps if downloaded onto mobile devices need to be instantly eliminated.

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