Google discovered that more than a dozen apps that install malware on user devices were found in the Google Play store.
A couple of these apps were even part of the list of ‘trending’ apps on the Play Store. An ESET security Researcher Lukas Stefanko tweeted about these apps, demonstrating how they were fake and would hide their app icons on a device after being downloaded and installed. The researcher claimed that at least 560,000 users had download them. Car and truck driving simulations are included. All the apps listed a single developer named Luiz O Pinto. The apps were basically disguised as games, but they didn’t work, and actually crashed every time they were launched. The company has taken swift action by removing all the malicious apps from the Play Store.
“It is not the first time that a huge number of Android users have been affected by malicious apps containing malware,” the NDTV concludes, adding: “Last year, an auto-clicking adware called Judy was discovered on 41 apps and said to have affected between 8.5 million and 36.5 million Android devices. Also, another botnet malware called FalseGuide had reportedly infected millions of Android devices via Google Play.” In fact, last year Google had pulled more than 700,000 malicious apps from the Play Store.