ZDNet: Google removes 85 adware apps that were installed by millions of users

ZDNet: Google removes 85 adware apps that were installed by millions of users. “Google has removed 85 Android apps from the official Play Store that security researchers from Trend Micro deemed to contain a common strain of adware. The 85 apps had been downloaded over nine million times, and one app, in particular, named ‘Easy Universal TV Remote,’ was downloaded over five million times, according to researchers.”

TechCrunch: Google & Facebook fed ad dollars to child porn discovery apps

TechCrunch: Google & Facebook fed ad dollars to child porn discovery apps . “Google has scrambled to remove third-party apps that led users to child porn sharing groups on WhatsApp in the wake of TechCrunch’s report about the problem last week. We contacted Google with the name of one of these apps and evidence that it and others offered links to WhatsApp groups for sharing child exploitation imagery. Following publication of our article, Google removed from the Google Play store that app and at least five like it. Several of these apps had more than 100,000 downloads, and they’re still functional on devices that already downloaded them.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Targeted by Consumer Groups Over Children’s Apps

Bloomberg Quint: Google Targeted by Consumer Groups Over Children’s Apps. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google distributes mobile apps for children that are inappropriate for young people and may violate children’s privacy laws, according to a complaint from 22 consumer and privacy groups. Kids’ apps in the Play store on the company’s Android devices can expose children to ads showing alcohol or that promote gambling, while game play might depict dangerous acts, according to the complaint, which was filed with the Federal Trade Commission.”

Ars Technica: 22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor

Ars Technica: 22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor. “Almost two dozen apps with more than 2 million downloads have been removed from the Google Play market after researchers found they contained a device-draining backdoor that allowed them to surreptitiously download files from an attacker-controlled server.”

The Next Web: 500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer

The Next Web: 500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer. “Android malware has been on the rise over the past couple of years, we’ve just seen one of the worst attacks of this kind. ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko found 13 apps with malware on the Play store, and said that more than 560,000 people downloaded these apps before Google took them down. Oh, and all these apps came from a lone developer named Luiz Pinto.”

The Next Web: Google mysteriously removes cryptocurrency wallets from Play Store

The Next Web: Google mysteriously removes cryptocurrency wallets from Play Store. “Google removed at least three major cryptocurrency wallets from its Play Store overnight. While the reason for their removal is not immediately clear, Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver is blaming Google’s new cryptocurrency mining policy.”