Barcode Scanner app on Google Play infects 10 million users with one update

Barcode Scanner app on Google Play infects 10 million users with one update

No, in the case of Barcode Scanner, malicious code had been added that was not in previous versions of the app.It is hard to tell just how long Barcode Scanner had been in the Google Play store as a legitimate app before it became malicious.

Poll: Would you buy a Huawei phone again if Google support returns?

Poll: Would you buy a Huawei phone again if Google support returns?

This means that phones like the Huawei P40 series and Mate 40 line lack Google Play Services, the Google Play Store, and a host of other Google apps.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time.The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about it.

Many Popular Smartphones Vulnerable to Actively Exploited Zero-Day Android Flaw

Many Popular Smartphones Vulnerable to Actively Exploited Zero-Day Android Flaw

A zero-day flaw in the Android operating system used by some of the most popular mobile phones on the market is being exploited in real-world attacks.Since malicious apps can find their way into the Google Play Store, app downloads should be limited as far as possible until the flaw has been patched.

How to unblock Spotify

How to unblock Spotify

If you can’t find the Spotify app available for download from your locally available app store, you can still access the full Google Play App Store by changing your country settings in your phone preferences.

How to unblock WhatsApp

How to unblock WhatsApp

Download Private Internet Access from the Google Play Store, the Apple iTune App Store, or the APK file (for advanced users) if you haven’t already.Restart your phone to access a less restrictive App Store How to unblock WhatsApp download from the Google Play Store?

Google Android Adware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users

Google Android Adware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users

The Google Play Store hosted 85 apps ridden with adware, which were downloaded by 8 million users.Today is no different: Security researchers at Trend Micro have revealed that the Google Play Store hosted 85 app ridden with adware.

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Just a few days later and Facebook has announced that is has filed its first lawsuit against two Asian developers for "click injection fraud—where developers made apps available on the Google Play store to infect their users’ phones with malware [which] created fake user clicks on Facebook ads that appeared on the users’ phones, giving the impression that the users had clicked on the ads.".

Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

"These apps are highly unethical and problematic for people's privacy and shouldn't be on the Google Play Store, as they promote criminal behavior, and can be abused by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims," Nikolaos Chrysaidos, Avast's head of mobile threat intelligence and security, said in a statement.

First official version of Tor Browser for Android released on the Play Store

First official version of Tor Browser for Android released on the Play Store

Today, the Tor Project released on the Google Play Store the first stable version of the Tor Browser for Android. "We made it a priority to reach the rising number of users who only browse the web with a mobile device," said Isabela Bagueros, Executive Director of the Tor Project.

Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission

Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission

This particular instance is more alarming than previous—not only are some of the most-downloaded apps on the Google Play Store implicated in the report, they also happen to be developed by Chinese companies that may be sharing collected data with the Chinese government.

Bellingcat - Creating an Android Open Source Research Device on Your PC - bellingcat

Bellingcat - Creating an Android Open Source Research Device on Your PC - bellingcat

Installation: Genymotion and VirtualBox. For this guide, we will use Genymotion to set up an Android virtual device on Windows. Just like with a real phone, you can search for and install apps onto your Android virtual device through the Google Play store.

Future Android ‘system updates’ could be initiated from the Google Play Store [APK Insight]

Future Android ‘system updates’ could be initiated from the Google Play Store [APK Insight]

If Google Play is indeed referring to OS updates, the strings — at the very least — suggest that users could initiate downloads and installs for new versions of Android right from the Play Store.

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Working together with security researchers, a Motherboard investigation found that more than 20 Android apps in the Google Play Store were actually spyware that may have been developed for the Italian government.

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Hackers working for a surveillance company infected hundreds of people with several malicious Android apps that were hosted on the official Google Play Store for months, Motherboard has learned.

Apple and Google accused of helping 'enforce gender apartheid' by hosting Saudi government app that tracks women and stops them leaving the country

Apple and Google accused of helping 'enforce gender apartheid' by hosting Saudi government app that tracks women and stops them leaving the country

Read more: Q&A: The hurdles and obstacles Saudi women runaways face Yasmine Mohammed, an ex-Muslim and outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia, told INSIDER that the companies are "facilitating the most archaic misogyny" and help the Saudi government to enforce "gender apartheid." According to the Google Play store, Absher has been downloaded on Android devices more than 1 million times.

Now this Android spyware poses as a privacy tool to trick you into downloading

Now this Android spyware poses as a privacy tool to trick you into downloading

The campaign has been active since May last year, with users previously duped into downloading the malware with a fake version of an adult app — but now those behind Triout have altered their tactics, distributing the malware with a re-purposed version of a legitimate privacy tool that has been ripped from the Google Play store.

Google bans slew of malicious Android apps that stole user photos and advertised scams

Google bans slew of malicious Android apps that stole user photos and advertised scams

Google has removed dozens of popular fake photo apps meant to hurt its users. Security firm Trend Micro discovered 29 malicious apps that were listed on the official Google Play store, all advertised as “beauty camera” applications.

How to Preserve Your Privacy on Android Without Tearing Your Hair Out

How to Preserve Your Privacy on Android Without Tearing Your Hair Out

The fact of the matter is, most Android users want access to the Play Store, Google apps, and high-security apps (e.g. banking) that rely on Google’s TrustZone system. This turns off the unique advertising ID that Google and Play Store apps use to track you.

This data-stealing Android malware infiltrated the Google Play Store, infecting users in 196 countries

This data-stealing Android malware infiltrated the Google Play Store, infecting users in 196 countries

Powerful Android malware capable of snooping on user location, communications logs, and stealing files and account credentials has been downloaded by at least 100,000 users around the world after successfully infiltrating the Google Play app store.

Google just found malware apps hiding in the Play store that were downloaded over 500,000 times

Google just found malware apps hiding in the Play store that were downloaded over 500,000 times

From a report via NDTV Gadgets: “The apps not only showed no legitimate functionality but also hid in the handsets to make it easier to install malware … In a tweet [which you can read below] ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko revealed details about the 13 malicious apps discovered in the Google Play Store.

Mobile Security: 5 Smart Tactics to Avoid Fake Apps

Mobile Security: 5 Smart Tactics to Avoid Fake Apps

There are least chances of getting a fake app from official sources such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store. You need to search for the developer to avoid the downloading of a fake app.

How smartphone apps track users and share data

How smartphone apps track users and share data

Researchers at Oxford university analysed approximately a third of the apps available in Google’s Play Store in 2017 and found that the median app could transfer data to 10 third parties, with one in five apps able to share data with more than 20.

Android phones could be sharing your calls and photos with Russia

Android phones could be sharing your calls and photos with Russia

The app in question here is the alluringly titled Sex Game for Adults, which was available to download via the Google Play Store in 2016. Although Sex Game for Adults has since been removed from the Play Store, it is available via various third-party app marketplaces.