Google Removes Fake Android Security Apps Harvesting User Data, Showing Ads

A total of 36 fake security apps for Android that were published in the Google Play Store were used to secretly harvest user data from devices and push intrusive ads.

Discovered by security company Trend Micro, the apps (PDF document) have already been removed by Google last month, though at this point it’s not known how many downloads they recorded during the time they were available in the Google Play Store.

An in-depth look at their behavior reveals that these apps claimed to offer scanning features, cleaning junk, or features to save battery, cool the CPU, or lock apps.

“The apps were actually able to perform these simple tasks, but they also secretly … (read more)

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