Fake Apps in Google Play Get over Half a Million Installs
At least a dozen mobile apps with no legitimate functionality made it into Google Play and have been installed over half a million times. Designed as car games they would silently install another app and trick the user into approving its installation. The end game is to make money from pushing unsolicited advertisements to the user when they unlock the device. Malware researcher Lukas Stefanko of ESET found 13 fraudulent apps that shared the same behavior and published under the developer name Luis O Pinto. Posing as games, the apps would remove their icon from the screen immediately after installation and start to download another app in the background from a hardcoded address.
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