OCCRP: How a Russian Mobile App Developer Recruited Phones into a Secret Ad-Watching Robot Army

OCCRP: How a Russian Mobile App Developer Recruited Phones into a Secret Ad-Watching Robot Army. “In 2015, Russian-language tutorials began appearing on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and niche forums, blogs, and websites showing how Net2Share, a software tool developed by Adeco Systems, could be downloaded and used even by someone with zero programming skills to clone mobile apps. All a user had to do was download a regular mobile app, replicate it in Net2Share, and upload the duplicated copy to app stores. In exchange, they would get a cut of the revenue earned from ads displayed by the cloned apps. But Net2Share had a hidden feature that even its ethically dubious users didn’t know about.”

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