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Half a million Android users tricked into downloading malware from Google Play
2018-11-20T19:43:56Z - Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch
More than half a million users have installed Android malware posing as driving games — from Google’s own app store. It’s not clear exactly what the malicious apps do; none of the malware scanners seemed to agree on what the malware does, based on an uploaded sample to VirusTotal. Google has spent years trying to double down on Android security by including better security features and more granular app permission controls. But the company continues to battle rogue and malicious apps in the Google Play app store, which have taken over as one of the greatest threats to Android user security. Google pulled more than 700,000 malicious apps from its app store last year alone, and has tried to improve its back-end to prevent malicious apps from getting into the store in the first place.

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