Tag: Malicious Apps

Android 15 Rolls Out Advanced Features to Protect Users from Scams and Malicious Apps
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Android 15 Rolls Out Advanced Features to Protect Users from Scams and Malicious Apps

To stop fraudulent apps from collecting private information on the device, Google is releasing a number of new features with Android 15. This is essentially a Play Integrity API update that third-party app developers may use to protect their apps from malicious software. According to Dave Kleidermacher, vice president of engineering for Android security and privacy, "Developers can check if other apps are running that could be capturing the screen, creating overlays, or controlling the device." This is beneficial for applications that wish to shield users from fraud and conceal private data from other applications. Furthermore, before processing sensitive data or carrying out sensitive operations, the Play Integrity API can be used to verify whether Google Play Protect is turn...
Google Prevented 2.28 Million Malicious Apps from Reaching Play Store in 2023
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Google Prevented 2.28 Million Malicious Apps from Reaching Play Store in 2023

On Monday, Google disclosed that during the previous year, nearly 200,000 app submissions to its Play Store for Android were either remediated or rejected due to concerns about access to sensitive data, such location or SMS messages. Additionally, the tech company claimed that 333,000 malicious accounts had been removed from the app storefront in 2023 because to continuous policy violations or attempts to transmit malware. According to Google's Steve Kafka, Khawaja Shams, and Mohet Saxena, in 2023 we stopped 2.28 million policy-violating apps from being released on Google Play, in part because of our investment in new and better security features, policy updates, and sophisticated machine learning and app review processes. We collaborated with SDK providers to restrict access to ...
Malicious Apps Caught Secretly Turning Android Phones into Proxies for Cybercriminals
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Malicious Apps Caught Secretly Turning Android Phones into Proxies for Cybercriminals

There are a number of malicious Android apps available on the Google Play Store that use the operating system to turn mobile devices into residential proxies (RESIPs) for other threat actors. The research was conducted by HUMAN's Satori Threat Intelligence team, which discovered that the VPN apps were equipped with a Golang library that secretly turned the user's device into a proxy node. The corporation has given the operation the codename PROXYLIB. Google has since deleted the aforementioned 29 apps. By directing users' internet traffic through an intermediate server, residential proxies, a network of proxy servers derived from real IP addresses supplied by internet service providers (ISPs) read more Malicious Apps Caught Secretly Turning Android Phones into Proxies for Cybercr...
Malicious Apps Use Sneaky Versioning Technique to Bypass Google Play Store Scanners
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Malicious Apps Use Sneaky Versioning Technique to Bypass Google Play Store Scanners

Versioning is a threat actor strategy used to get around malware detections in the Google Play Store and target Android users. According to the August 2023 Threat Horizons Report that Google Cybersecurity Action Team (GCAT) published with The Hacker News, "campaigns using versioning frequently target users' credentials, data, and finances." Versioning is not a recent phenomenon, but it is cunning and difficult to spot. This technique involves a developer publishing an app's initial version on the Play Store, which passes Google's pre-publication inspections, then later updating it with malware read more Malicious Apps Use Sneaky Versioning Technique to Bypass Google Play Store Scanners. Stay informed with the best cybersecurity news and raise your cybersecurity awareness with our...
Hackers Exploit WebAPK to Deceive Android Users into Installing Malicious Apps
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Hackers Exploit WebAPK to Deceive Android Users into Installing Malicious Apps

Threat actors are using Android's WebAPK technology to lure unwary users into installing malicious web apps that are intended to collect sensitive personal information on Android phones. According to analysts from CSIRT KNF, the attack started when victims received SMS messages advising them to upgrade a mobile banking application. "The message's link pointed to a page where WebAPK technology was being used to install a malicious application on the victim's device." The program poses as PKO Bank Polski, a major international provider of banking and financial services with its headquarters in Warsaw. RIFFSEC, a Polish cybersecurity company, was the first to reveal information about the campaign read more Hackers Exploit WebAPK to Deceive Android Users into Installing Malicious Apps. ...
Google Blocks 1.43 Million Malicious Apps, Bans 73,000 Bad Accounts in 2022
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Google Blocks 1.43 Million Malicious Apps, Bans 73,000 Bad Accounts in 2022

Google revealed that in 2022, it was able to prevent 1.43 million subpar apps from being added to the Play Store because to improved security measures and app review procedures. Additionally, the company claimed that developer-facing features like the Voided Purchases API, Obfuscated Account ID, and Play Integrity API helped it block 173,000 malicious accounts and stop over $2 billion in fraudulent and abusive transactions. According to Google, the introduction of identity verification procedures for Google Play membership, such as phone number and email address read more Google Blocks 1.43 Million Malicious Apps. With ReconBee.com Stay ahead of the latest threats with in-depth coverage of cyber attacks and cybersecurity trends, and the latest cybersecurity news.