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Android Spyware: Google Removes 500 Apps Over Privacy Vulnerability

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:31 pm

Story :

Google has removed more than 500 Android apps from the Google Play Store marketplace after it was discovered advertising software used by the apps could be exploited and used to install spyware on handsets.

Putting users at risk was a software development kit (SDK) called Igexin. Developed by a Chinese company to perform targeted advertising services, the SDK was vulnerable to being used by attackers to sneak malware onto Android devices.

Igexin was first spotted by mobile security firm Lookout, which found the SDK active in more than 500 apps made available through Google’s official marketplace.

Lookout didn’t note the specific apps found to be using the vulnerable advertising software, but the firm did note it was found in a game targeted to teens with as many as 100 million downloads, a weather app and photo editing app with as many as five million downloads and internet radio app with one million users. Other affected apps included those in the category of education, health and fitness and travel.

nice technical discussion at the lookout blog link in the third paragraph.

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