The recent cyber security news from Google states of the search giant deleting almost 22 apps from the Play store. These apps were deemed malicious, like a computer or mobile virus and had a backdoor built into them that helped the apps do ad-fraud. Collectively these 22 apps were downloaded by over 2 million times before they got deleted.
Sophos, i.e. the cyber security company that makes security apps, found out in its investigation that the apps were linked to Andr and Clickr-ad network. The security company further wrote that this “is a well-organized, persistent malware that has the potential to cause serious harm to end users, as well as the entire Android ecosystem” because “these apps generate fraudulent requests that cost ad networks significant revenue as a result of the fake clicks.”
However the above lines have been explained in lay man language by Sophos in its blog post, which explained the harm these apps can cause to people’s phones. Here, the company added that, “From the user’s perspective, these apps drain their phone’s battery and may cause data overages as the apps are constantly running and communicating with servers in the background. Furthermore, the devices are fully controlled by the C2 server and can potentially install any malicious modules upon the instructions of the server”.
In simpler words, users should not have those 22 apps on phone. After Sophos reported the malicious apps to Google, the company removed them from the Play store. However, till now its not very clear if these are also removed from the phones in which they were installed. Google can remove apps directly from people’s phones if the apps were installed through the Play store and if people are logged in as well as connected to their Play store account.
Talking about the 22 apps that users should not have on their phone, here is the list: