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85 Google Play apps with 8 million downloads forced fullscreen ads on users

One year ago   |   By Ars Technica

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Researchers found 85 Google Play apps with more than 8 million downloads that forced users to view fullscreen ads.
The apps, which posed as photography and gaming programs, contained a family of adware that was highly disruptive to end users. Once installed, the apps displayed ads in full screen-a setting that forced users to view the entire duration of an ad before being able to close the window or get back to the app. The apps showed an ad every five minutes, but the people operating the platform had the ability to remotely change the frequency.
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Fake Android apps downloaded millions of times

Fake Android apps downloaded millions of times

One year ago   |   By Tech Radar

Android users have downloaded fake apps which slow down their devices and drain their batteries millions of times according to research from Trend Micro. Researchers at the cybersecurity firm found 85 different photography and gaming apps that were filled with adware on the Google Play store. These fraudulent apps have been downloaded more than eight million times to user's smartphones and tablets. Mobile threat researcher at Trend Micro, Ecular Xu explained how the apps avoided being detected by users, saying:
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