Ars Technica: Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs

Ars Technica: Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs. “A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users with more than 4,000 spyware apps since February, and in at least three cases the actor snuck the apps into Google’s official Play Market, security researchers said Thursday.”

YouTube Red: Google Play Music and YouTube Red to merge into a new streaming service

BetaNews: Google Play Music and YouTube Red to merge into a new streaming service. “YouTube’s head of music, Lyor Cohen, has confirmed that Google Play Music and YouTube Red are going to merge. Speaking in New York at the New Music Seminar conference, Cohen said that a new streaming service would be created. Rumors of the merger have been circulating for some time, and the move will see Google consolidating its services into something rather more manageable — both for the company and for users.”

BetaNews: Google Play Music ‘New Release Radio’ will keep you in the know on the newest tunes

BetaNews: Google Play Music ‘New Release Radio’ will keep you in the know on the newest tunes. “Lately I have been trying to leverage technology to keep up with new releases, especially from my favorite genre, Hip-Hop/Rap. There is a free app called ‘Record Bird’ that alerts me to some new music — it is OK, but it is not perfect. If you are a user of Google Play Music, however, I am happy to say that there is a new tool for discovering the latest tunes. Called ‘New Release Radio,’ it will create a specialized playlist of new music that you might like. Since this is Google, it works by tracking your listening habits, of course.”

Ars Technica: Google Play is fighting an uphill battle against Android adware

Ars Technica: Google Play is fighting an uphill battle against Android adware. “Google’s official Play marketplace is waging an uphill battle against Android apps that display an unending stream of popup ads even when users try to force them to stop, researchers said Friday. The researchers, from UK-based SophosLabs, said they have found a total of 47 apps in the past week that collectively have racked up as many as 6 million downloads.”

CNET: Virus scanner — or malware? Beware app store fakes

CNET: Virus scanner — or malware? Beware app store fakes. “RiskIQ, a cybersecurity firm, found seven apps related to WannaCry in the Google Play store and two in Apple’s App Store that demanded excessive permissions such as knowing your phone’s wake password. One of the phony WannaCry apps is actually blacklisted by RiskIQ’s standards because of the red flags it raised. Researchers found hundreds of fraudulent antivirus apps on the market — fakes packed with adware, Trojans and sources of malware.”

The Judy Malware: Possibly the largest malware campaign found on Google Play (Check Point Blog)

Check Point Blog: The Judy Malware: Possibly the largest malware campaign found on Google Play. “Check Point researchers discovered another widespread malware campaign on Google Play, Google’s official app store. The malware, dubbed ‘Judy’, is an auto-clicking adware which was found on 41 apps developed by a Korean company. The malware uses infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the perpetrators behind it.”