The Quint: Google Won’t Pull App That Lets Men Track and Control Women

The Quint: Google Won’t Pull App That Lets Men Track and Control Women. “Google has declined to remove controversial Saudi Arabia app Absher from its Play Store, Business Insider reported. The all-purpose government app also offers features that lets men track and control the movement of women. Google declined the removal of the app saying that it does not violate any of its agreements and hence, continues to stay on Google Play Store.”

Ars Technica: Google Play apps with >10 million installs drain batteries, jack up data charges

Ars Technica: Google Play apps with >10 million installs drain batteries, jack up data charges. “Is your Android phone feeling hot to the touch, acting sluggish, in need of frequent charges, or using dramatically more data than it used to? It may be a victim of DrainerBot, a major fraud operation distributed through Google Play apps with more than 10 million downloads, researchers said Wednesday.”

Google Play: We’ve cracked down on bad apps (CNET)

CNET: Google Play: We’ve cracked down on bad apps. “The Play Store rejected at least 55 percent more app submissions in 2018 than in 2017, according to the blog. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for how many apps were rejected in 2018. But for reference, the company removed over 700,000 apps in 2017.”

Ars Technica: Google Play caught hosting an app that steals users’ cryptocurrency

Ars Technica: Google Play caught hosting an app that steals users’ cryptocurrency. “The malware, which masqueraded as a legitimate cryptocurrency app, worked by replacing wallet addresses copied into the Android clipboard with one belonging to attackers, a researcher with Eset said in a blog post. As a result, people who intended to use the app to transfer digital coins into a wallet of their choosing would instead deposit the funds into a wallet belonging to the attackers.”

Ars Technica: Google Play apps with >4.3 million downloads stole pics and pushed porn ads

Ars Technica: Google Play apps with >4.3 million downloads stole pics and pushed porn ads. “Google has banned dozens of Android apps downloaded millions of times from the official Play Store after researchers discovered they were being used to display phishing and scam ads or perform other malicious acts.”

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.”