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Amazon's app store compromises Android security

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Amazon's app store compromises Android security

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800 Android Apps in Google Play Store Infected with Malware Stealing User Data
19 June 2017, 11:16 am

It’s happening again, and this time it looks like more Android users are exposed to being hacked through apps that were published in the Google Play Store.

Security company Trend Micro warns that it discovered more than 800 apps published in the Google Play Store that are infected by Xavier, a form of malware that was originally discovered nearly two years ago, but which has since evolved to get more worrying capabilities.

Xavier comes pre-installed in very popular types of free apps, such as photo editors and wallpapers, and the security firm says that these apps have already recorded millions of downloads.

This means there’s a good chance that millions of devices have already been infected with the malware, with users not having a single clue about it since Xavier has evolved to the point when it’s capable of hiding from security so... (read more)

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