Google Removes 17 apps from the Play Store to prevent users data access

Google removes 17 apps from Play Store that intend to gain user data access.

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According to cybersecurity firm Zscaler, 17 different apps containing the malware regularly uploaded to Google Play earlier this month. There were a total of around 120,000 downloads for the identified malicious apps, Zcaler said in a blog post.

“This spyware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, along with silently signing up the victim for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services,” Zscaler security researcher Viral Gandhi said.

As soon as Google was notified about the 17 malicious apps that intend to gain unauthorised access to the users’ data, the company’s Android Security team took prompt action to remove the apps from the Play Store.

The 17 apps deleted from Play Store by Google are :

  1. All Good PDF Scanner
  2. Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
  3. Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
  4. Tangram App Lock
  5. Direct Messenger
  6. Private SMS
  7. One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
  8. Style Photo Collage
  9. Meticulous Scanner
  10. Desire Translate
  11. Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
  12. Care Message
  13. Part Message
  14. Paper Doc Scanner
  15. Blue Scanner
  16. Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
  17. All Good PDF Scanner

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