Security firm Lookout found that more than 500 applications that were released Android in Google Play Store integrated development kit called Igexin advertising software that allows cyber criminals deploy malware and spy on users. At this time these 500 apps have been removed from Google Play Store to contain Spyware.
Lookout explains that these applications, whose names were not disclosed, exceeded 100 million downloads in Google Play Store and took part in popular categories such as games for adolescents, meteorological applications, Internet radio, photo editors, education, travel, and emoji, touching almost every possible sticks within the categories app store Android.
Google has already removed applications Play Store, which means that by the time these applications will not be able to infect new users. Moreover, all those customers who may have installed Android malicious applications should scan their smartphones with security software dedicated to the slightest suspicion of having been infected.
Malware on Google Play
Using an SDK to compromise Android devices is a new tactic that allows cyber criminals to deploy malware on phones and tablets using an application that would otherwise be safe. That is why, according to the security company, application developers are not to blame for malware, because in the vast majority of cases have no control and sometimes, knowledge of the malicious use being implemented in their Applications.
” It is likely that many application developers did not know the personal information that could be filtered devices customers as a result of embedding the ad SDK Igexin. A thorough analysis of the applications is required to make this discovery. Not only the functionality is not immediately obvious, but may be altered at any time using the remote server “, Lookout researchers noted.
From now Google is not only trying to keep infected applications away from Google Play Store but is also working on new security solutions for Android devices to prevent the occurrence of such risks to users, as we could do with Google Play Protect. This is a new security solution for Android devices that automatically scans applications before installation to prevent malicious apps that have crept into Google Play Store not reach your terminal.