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Google’s Play Store has been hosting 2,000+ malware-laced counterfeit applications


The scale of operation of Google Play Store is so enormous that bogus apps are bound to creep in. Hitherto, Google's effort for preventing malicious apps from getting into its Play Store has been commendable, but it's literally impossible that the Internet giant keeps each of them out. On June 24, there were more than 2,000 malware-laced fake applications inside Google Play the application store for Android, according to a study.


The study, which CSIRO's Data61 and University of Sydney conducted, uncovered the dangerous applications concealed out of sight inside the Play, defrauding end-users through imitation of popular alternatives. With aid of artificial intelligence, the study detected possible counterfeits prior to determining malicious software and other weaknesses in them via testing the same. www.forbes.com posted this, June 24, 2019.


By utilizing certain neural network the research analyzed both the descriptions and sketch of icons after reviewing 1.2m applications for spotting potential fakes of the 10,000 most accessed applications. It unearthed exactly 2,040 probable fakes which had malicious software within 49,608 applications taken together which displayed extreme likeness to a popular app within the10,000 most such within Google's Play Store.


The study's co-author Dr. Suranga Seneviratne says albeit the success of Google Play follows from its flexibility along with the ability to customize, which lets nearly anybody to create one application, there have emerged several problematic applications which effectively exploited vulnerabilities to slip in while also counteracted processes of automated vetting. In a growing society dependent upon smart-phone technology, it is vital that there be solutions for the fast detection and containment of malware-laden applications before the latter impacts more-and-more of smart-phone owners. www.wccftech.com posted this, June 25, 2019.


Previously in 2019, a spokesperson of Google observed that it was not easy for maintaining the security of Android's ecosystem. However, the company absolutely believed that end-users' data and associated devices were being safeguarded with a vital security layer the Google Play Protect, whilst maintaining the good Android's openness, diversity and freedom.


It's therefore recommended that people thoroughly check the applications they're downloading for their genuineness by seeing the rating as well as perusing their descriptions and reviews.


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