Google has just removed 85 apps from the Play Store after security researchers found particularly annoying adware hiding inside. Mobile threat response engineer at Trend Micro wrote in a blog post “We found another example of adware’s potential real-life impact on Google Play. Trend Micro detects this as AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH. Apart from displaying advertisements that are difficult to close, it employs unique techniques to evade detection through user behavior and time-based triggers,”
Adware infected apps
According to the company, a number of majorities apps were discovered were found to be disguised as photography as well as gaming apps and were downloaded over eight million times. Super Selfie, Cos Camera, Pop Camera, and One Stroke Line Puzzle were the most popular among the 85 apps that were discovered by Trend Micro as being adware-infected.
Here is Trend Micro security blog post, they describe in full of details how these apps are tracking users behavior.
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