Infected Android Apps Return to Play Store with Different Names, Google Icons

Despite Google struggling to make the Play Store a safe home for Android apps, malware keeps sliding in, exposing users and their data as soon as compromised items are installed.

A report from security vendor Symantec reveals that seven different apps that were originally banned from the Store for being infected with Android.Reputation.1 are now available for download once again, only that using a different name and icons that make them look legitimate.

The apps feature the same code as the original ones that got banned but somehow sneaked into the store with the different name and publisher.

Symantec says the apps are mostly cleaners, calculators, app lockers, and call recorders, and use the same tactic to compromise Android devices.

Malware behavior

Once downloaded, the malware waits a few hours before launching its malicious activity in an a… (read more)

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