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Google removed 13 Android games that contained malicious programs

Have been a total of 13 games without warning removed from Google Play after having detected that infected with malware (malicious programs) to the Android mobi

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Google removed 13 Android games that contained malicious programs

Have been a total of 13 games without warning removed from Google Play after having detected that infected with malware (malicious programs) to the Android mobile in which it is installed. This type of programs are those that employ hackers to be installed by stealth on computers with the purpose of obtaining private information and even steer the device without the knowledge of her owner. The above-mentioned games seemed harmless (mostly, it was a matter of driving simulators), and some of them have harvested a great success of downloads coming to be placed in the trends section of the app store of Android.

This serious security issue was not detected by the own protocols of Google to filter the content in Google Play, but was unveiled by the analyst of ESET Lukas Stefanko who, through a message on his Twitter profile, revealed that 13 applications that had accumulated over 560,000 downloads were infected with malware. The cryptic message of the analyst explains that the above-mentioned applications, which have already been removed by Google from the store, installed an APK file by the additional Supertotobet not related to the goal of the game and without a “legitimate role”.

apparently, the first signs of alarm have come from the users who have installed these applications and have left patent in the comments of Google Play, reporting that the game itself does nothing, but they have detected a slowing of the cell. All of these applications had the authorship of the developer Luiz Pinto, and in some of them, the users complained that they were unable to find the icon of the app once it is installed, perhaps because it has been hidden by the developer himself.

Everything indicates that it is adware, i.e. programs to display ads on the device without authorization of the owner and who is profiting the developer. Google has not issued any type of statement beyond check out the above-mentioned applications.

What to do

What can you do if you have already installed one of the above-mentioned applications? “I recommend to the users who have already installed the apps that try to uninstall them by hand,” explains Stefanko to THE COUNTRY, “however, there is the possibility that there may be assets that are downloaded that can not be deleted by the user, so the most convenient is to use an anti-virus application up-to-date”, he concludes. This expert has not wanted to speculate on the causes for the Google filters have not detected the input of this type of applications.

And it does not seem that you have little work the platform in this matter: last year you withdrew the whopping 700,000 apps of these features of Google Play, a figure that represents an increase of 70% over the previous year. Google stresses that these applications were eliminated in the approval process, or what is the same, before they will be published in the online store of the platform.

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