Google Play Store returns to host infected applications. Information security researchers from AppCensus have discovered the presence in the store of 11 applications capable of spying on users and collecting certain data such as GPS location or email addresses and phone numbers.
Hardly a week goes by without a team of computer security researchers reporting a disturbing new discovery for Android users. Only in March 2022, we remember These fake Android antivirus capable of stealing your moneyor even those very popular apps on play store and app store that were actually scams.
We owe the revelation of the day to the computer security researchers at AppCensus. These experts discovered the presence in the google play store of 11 malicious applications, capable in particular of spying on users without their knowledge. The worrying thing in this case is the amount of downloads that these apps accumulate: more than 60 million. So many potential victims. Here is the list of affected apps:
- speed camera radar
- Al-Moazin Lite (Prayer Times)
- Wi-Fi Mouse (Remote Control for PC)
- Barcode & QR Scanner (Powered by AppSource Hub)
- Qibla Compass – Ramadan 2022
- Simple Weather & Clock Widget (Developer of Difer)
- Handcent Next SMS-Text with MMS
- 360 Smart Kit
- Al Quran MP3 – 50 reciters and audio translation
- Full Quran MP3 – 50 Languages & Audio Translation
- Audiosdroid DAW Audio Studio
These apps may collect your GPS data
As you can see, this list is quite eclectic, between QR code readers, weather apps, messaging, but also apps dedicated to the practice of Islam. According to the researchers, these malicious apps harbored malware capable of collecting various data from victims’ smartphones, such as email address, phone numbers and certain passwords or even GPS location history.
Worryingly, a shady company by the name of Measurement Systems apparently paid a fortune to collect this precise data via an SDK (software development kit) built into the aforementioned apps. The company declined to answer questions from our colleagues at the Wall Street Journal.. After the AppCensus investigation was published, Google removed the affected apps from the Play Store.
However, they have just returned to the app store. If we suspect that Google has made sure that they are now safe, We invite you to immediately remove these applications if you have downloaded them before AppCensus researchers discovered them.
Source : Wall Street Journal