By Tim Maytom
Android has blocked access to several popular apps from the official Google Play store after it was discovered they contained code that made malicious ads pop up on users’ mobile phones.
Security firm Avast, who made the discovery, claim that one of the apps, a free version of the card game Durak, had been downloaded between 5m and 10m times, and noted that many of the apps would wait until a device was rebooted to begin triggering ads.
By delaying the ad deployment, it meant many users were unable to track which app was causing the abnormal behaviour. The malware causes ads to present each time the infected device was unlocked, claiming that the smartphone is infected or out of date and directing users to click through links to download often dubious apps.
In addition to the Durak game, other apps containing the malicious code include a Russian language IQ app that Google Play indicates has been downloaded up to 5m times, and a Russian history app, which had been downloaded around 50,000 times.
“This didn’t seem like anything spectacular at the beginning, but once I took a closer look it turned out that this malware was a bit bigger than I …read more
Source:: Mobile App News