13 apps removed from Google Play Store after being flagged as malicious
Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Jan 9, 2016 Last Updated at 5:26 PM IST.
The tech giant Google has removed 13 apps from its Play Store after its security researcher notified of them as being malicious and unauthorized downloads.
These apps aim for the root privileges on the users’ device and once they get that, a number of device files are copied into the partition of the device which is not touch after the factory reset. The security researcher from Lookout named Chris Dehghanpoor notified Google of this. He also stated that these apps automatically posted positive reviews on the store as well as boosted download numbers.
The removed apps include Honeycomb, Cake Blast, Drag Box, Jump Planet, Piggy Jump, Hit Planet, Crazy Jelly, Cake Tower, Eat Bubble, Ninja Hook, Tiny Puzzle, Crazy Block and Just Fire.
Dehghanpoor also stated that to get rid of the malware is to re-flash the ROM which is supplied by the device manufacturer. He also disclosed that the malware authors used different techniques and names to check which app can be published on the store under the radar.