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Android security: Sneaky three-stage malware found in Google Play store

Tens of thousands of users have downloaded two newly uncovered forms of malware.
Another crop of Android apps hiding malware have been discovered in - and removed from - the Google Play store.

Android security: Sneaky three-stage malware found in Google Play store

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Android Spyware App Went Undetected for Years, Had Millions of Installs
21 April 2017, 12:03 am

One thing that Android users should know about their devices is that system updates come automatically and do not require downloading and installing any other tool. This needed to be said because miliions of users looking to get the latest Android software updates fell victim to a trick on the Google Play marketplace by downloading a spyware-infested app. 

According to security researchers from Zscaler, an app called "System Update" posed as a legitimate app in the Google Play Store. It claimed to provide users with access to the latest Android software updates, which is not something that a third-party app can do. The spyware made its way to the Store in 2014 and had between 1 and 5 million downloads by the time it was discovered. 

In the meantime, Google has been alerted and the app has been removed. After three years, how... (read more)

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