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Impact: If you're often browsing through the Play Store, chances are you're more than familiar with most of these apps, movies, games, TV shows, ebooks, and audiobooks, depending on what you're into, but if you're not, you can always navigate to the provided link, and try out any of the content Google mentioned.

Seven of these apps were created by Cheetah Mobile, Kochava said, and include CM File Manager, which was the subject of today's news, as well as Clean Master, CM Launcher 3D, Security Master, Battery Doctor, CM Locker, and Cheetah Keyboard.

The apps in question are CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard. That was just one of the technique, they had several other methods and did them without obtaining the user consent. Cheetah Mobile's file manager had more than 50 million downloads, and the keyboard was north of 100 million.

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This follows a original report from BuzzFeed News that spotted an ad fraud scheme that included apps developed by Cheetah Mobiles and Kika Tech. "The Target APIs employed in those two apps are obsolete and would require some time to update, " the company said in a press release.

According to Buzzfeed News, both Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech rigged the attribution system, so that app bounties would be transferred to them, even if they did not run the ad, or have another contribution with the installation process. Cheetah Mobile has indicated that it is already doing so with Google. "We take these allegations very seriously and our Google Play Developer policies prohibit deceptive and malicious behaviour on our platform". BuzzFeed also named another app studio, Kika Tech, as a group involved in the same activity. At the same time, Cheetah also said it had initiated a series of steps aimed at countering the effect of the allegations, including the creation of a Business Integrity Committee to be chaired by its chief financial officer. "If an app violates our policies, we take action", said a statement from Google, reported BuzzFeed.

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