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List of apps removed by Google

Google has removed over 30 popular apps, including those that add beauty filters to your photos, from the Play Store after these were discovered to possess malicious malware. These apps won’t be available for download from the Play Store for brand spanking new users, but the 20 million users who have already downloaded them got to confirm they uninstall the apps from their phones to avoid security mishaps. Among the 30+ apps, it’s the third-party selfie apps that have found to be most fraudulent. As per security researchers WhiteOps, the apps have the power to bombard users with unwanted ads and redirect them to websites without ever clicking on a link. It should even be noted that in some cases, it had been nearly “impossible” for users to delete these apps once downloaded.

Here are the apps, published by WhiteOps, that are far away from Google Play Store. If you’ve got them installed, get obviate them as soon as possible.

You should delete these apps from your phone

APPSINSTALLS
Yoriko Camera1,00,000
Solu Camera5,00,000
Lite Beauty Camera1 million
Beauty Collage Lite5,00,000
Beauty and Filters camera1 million
Photo Collage and beauty camera1,00,000
Gaty Beauty Camera5,00,000
Pand Selfie Beauty Camera50,000
Cartoon Photo Editor and Selfie Beauty Camera1 million
Benbu Selfie Beauty Camera1 million
Pinut Selfie Beauty and Photo Editor1 million
Mood Photo Editor and Selfie Beauty Camera5,00,000
Rose Photo Editor and Selfie Beauty Camera1 million
Selfie Beauty Camera and Photo Editor1,00,000
Fog Selfie Beauty Camera1,00,000
First Selfie Beauty Camera and Photo Editor5 million
Vanu Selfie Beauty Camera1,00,000
Sun Pro Beauty Camera1 million
Funny Sweet Beauty Camera5,00,000
Little Bee Beauty Camera1 million
Beauty Camera and Photo Editor Pro1 million
Grass Beauty Camera1 million
Ele Beauty Camera1 million
Flower Beauty Camera1,00,000
Best Selfie Beauty Camera1 million
Orange Camera5,00,000
Sunny Beauty Camera1 million
Pro Selfie Beauty Camera5,00,000
Selfie Beauty Camera Pro1 million
Elegant Beauty Cam-201950,000

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The aforementioned apps have collectively amassed quite 20 million downloads. WhiteOps explained in its websites that these apps render fraudulent advertising in users’ devices. “What these apps all have in common – besides their fraudulent tactics – is their specialise in beauty. Most purport to be selfie apps that add beauty filters to users’ pictures, while at an equivalent time showing ads out of context and making it nearly impossible to get rid of the apps themselves.”

In the time since that first app was published, the fraudsters published a replacement app every 11 days on the average. Notably, most of those apps were available for around 17 days each before they were pulled down. “But even with a mean of but three weeks of your time on the Play Store, the apps found an audience: the typical number of installs for the apps we analysed was 565,833,” the research reads.

If you’re wondering how these apps avoid detection within the first place? Well, the White Ops paper notes that the majority of those apps use “packers” that are hidden within the APK within the sort of extra DEX files. “Historically, packing binaries may be a common technique malware developers use to avoid being detected by security software like antivirus. Packed files in Android aren’t new and can’t be assumed to be malicious, as some developers use packing to guard their property and check out to avoid piracy,” the research paper added.

Apart from this, the developers also use Arabic characters, reducing readability for people, in various places of the apps’ ASCII text file to avoid detection. “These numbers tell a story of a cat and mouse game, during which the Play Store hunts down the fraudster and keeps them in restraint by removing fraudulent apps as quickly as they’re discovered. The fraudster likely developed a more robust mechanism to avoid detection and removal. A batch of 15 apps, all published after September 2019, had a way slower removal rate using those new techniques.”

 

Source: 91mobiles

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