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Google Kills Android Malware Family Chamois, One of the Largest Discovered
14 March 2017, 4:23 pm

Google has just taken down a huge family of malicious Android apps it named Chamois. According to the company, these apps may have infected millions of devices. 

Chamois, named after a type of mountain goat, is just the latest attempt to take advantage of the massive Android range of devices in a large-scale ad fraud. In the past, Hummingbad infected about 10 million devices at its peak, earning the attackers behind it over $300,000 a month. 

"We detected Chamois during a routine ad traffic quality evaluation. We analyzed malicious apps based on Chamois and found that they employed several methods to avoid detection and tried to trick users into clicking ads by displaying deceptive graphics. This sometimes resulted in downloading of other apps that commit SMS fraud. So we blocked the Chamois app family using Verify Apps and also kicked out bad actors who were trying to game our ad system," reads a Softpedia News / Security

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