BetaNews: Researchers find two Android malware campaigns with over 250 million downloads

BetaNews: Researchers find two Android malware campaigns with over 250 million downloads. “Check Point Research has uncovered two massive mobile adware and data stealing campaigns, which have already had a combined total of over 250 million downloads globally. Both target mobiles using Android, and exploit the mobile app development supply chain to infect devices and perform malicious actions.”

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.”

The Register: How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

The Register: How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign . “Security researchers at Check Point have lifted the lid on the infrastructure and methods of an enormous ‘malvertising’ and banking trojan campaign. The operation delivered malicious adverts to millions worldwide, slinging all manner of nasties including crypto-miners, ransomware and banking trojans.”

Ars Technica: Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year

Ars Technica: Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year. “Last year brought a surge of sketchy online ads to the Internet that tried to trick viewers into installing malicious software. Even credit reporting service Equifax was caught redirecting its website visitors to a fake Flash installer just a few weeks after reports of a data breach affecting as many as 145.5 million US consumers. Now, researchers have uncovered one of the forces driving that spike-a consortium of 28 fake ad agencies.”