Google Elimination Of Major Android App Developer From Its Store

Google has removed 100 applications with 600 million installs from its store after an investigation into a major Chinese app developer. The applications contained adware and forced users into click fraud. 

Expert Comments:  

Mike Bittner, Digital Security and Operations Manager at The Media Trust:  

Fraudulent adware is harmful to the ad networks they defraud and potentially to end-users by directing devices to steal information linked to the user’s device and behaviors, downloading unwanted—if not malicious–files, and redirecting users to malicious sites. This information can be as specific as the router a device is connected to and that can therefore be traced to a specific address. Once bad actors are able to collect information en masse, they can use it to commit theft or influence voter behavior. 

 

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