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VPN, Selfie apps created for Android devices contain deceptive software


A malware issue plagues Google Play Store. What's more, it stays persistent in spite of the Internet giant's arduous efforts for bringing sketchy apps under control. A number of Android applications contain hidden malware, it has once again been found. Those applications are now no more inside the Play, however, they've already been downloaded numerous of million times.


Once more there's adware in Android apps, according to Andy Michael security researcher who works independently in New Zealand. He discovered 4 Android VPN applications undergoing downloads of more than 500m times. These just don't display ads from their hidden locations on the devices, however, are as well put outside the applications like on a device's home screen. Names of the applications are Free VPN Master, Hotspot VPN, Security Master and Secure VPN by Cheetah Mobile. Notably, all these applications have arisen in China and Hong Kong, the region whose citizens characteristically rely on VPNs for bypassing the nation state's Great Firewall.


Another alert got issued from security investigators of Wanders claiming adware was hiding inside 2 selfie apps namely Funny Sweet Beauty Selfie Camera and Sun Pro Beauty Camera. These apps have undergone 1.5m download attempts and they thrust ads covering the devices' entire screen, at times even after users closed them. Furthermore, the two applications could record audio devoid of taking permission from the users. The objectives being -thrusting false system alerts; putting in place shortcuts; as well as getting the apps automatically installed following restart. www.techtimes.com posted this, September 20, 2019.


Google has removed the above mentioned apps from its Play Store, while if anybody has already downloaded them they are recommended deleting the same without delay.


Sometimes considering as an insignificant form of malware, ad fraud is overlooked. But damaging code, which runs overriding an end-user's interest, requires being taken seriously. For, the destruction from ad fraud often is beyond drained battery and hot CPU.


For safeguarding oneself against malicious software, it's forever prudent to think again prior to taking down an app, as well as to go through the various reviews of apps prior to accepting them.


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