'Dangerous' Google Play Store apps used by MILLIONS, are YOU affected?

'Dangerous' Google Play Store apps used by MILLIONS, are YOU affected?

Only 80 apps detected more than 30% of the malware the company tested the apps with. They're just good posers preying on our vulnerability as humans to want assurance when it comes to security, just like the bad guys they purport to be keeping at bay.

Austria-based AV Comparatives warns that some of the security apps were so poorly engineered that they detected themselves as malware.

The AV-Comparatives team notes that since they used 2,000 most common Android malware threats of 2018 for their testing, detection rates of between 90 and 100 percent should easily be achieved by effective anti-malware apps.

Google Play Store has lately been the victim of malware apps with millions of downloads, and while the company has been rapid in dealing with them, more issues keep popping up.

As a result of the research, Google has already swung into action and removed apps from 32 developers over the last 2 months.

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Some 200 apps available on the Google Play Store contained risky advertising code that had the potential to force a smartphone to display ads outside the apps, open links to websites and the app store automatically, and download new apps independently.

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One of the most frustrating aspects of Android has always been sharing files and photos, because of the delay while waiting for the Share menu to load.

There is ongoing speculation that nearly 150 million Android phone users who installed an app may be facing a malware attack.

Having said that, the testing by AV-Comparatives found that some of the available antivirus apps were able to block malicious apps. Check Point noted that given the volume of apps it infected, SimBad likely managed to get downloaded around 150 million times. The new behavior in Android Q adds an "only when the app is in use" option.

Is the app you're using right now a malicious one, check it here.

"These updates will help us all provide a more unified and consistent look and feel for Google Play, allowing us to better showcase your apps and games and provide a higher quality user experience", Google mentioned in its blog post.

"While this entry means that all genuine apps made by Adobe (such as the Acrobat Reader app) will be regarded as safe, this mechanism also allows any malicious app to bypass the security scan, simply by using 'com.adobe.*' as its package name", AV Comparatives writes.

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