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Google sinks more than 200 Android apps infected with Sim Bad adware

They repeated this whole process 2000 times testing with 2000 strains of Android malware to see if the antivirus app companies had indexed all these and more malware strains.

It analysed 250 antivirus apps you can find on the Google Play Store for some basic requirements and the vast majority failed.

iPhone Apps Price Drop is one of my favorite things that I like the most on my iPhone. The hysteria over Android malware is a bit overblown, but it's led to the proliferation of anti-malware apps that promise to keep your phone squeaky clean. The test was extensive, covering the 2,000 most common Android malware variants from the past year. Once a user downloads the app, the malware will hijack the device and show advertisements to enrich the makers. For example, if you want to get Showbox or Vidmate, mainstream Android app stores can't provide you with them, while Aptoide can.

Researchers at Israeli cyber security firm Check Point have blown the whistle on a dodgy software development kit (SDK) that rendered hundreds of popular Android apps a threat to their users. But there were many apps that were capable of detecting on some old Android malware samples and allowing other apps that contain certain strings - essentially using a "whitelist" for sake of protection.

Past security research has also uncovered hackers exploiting fake antivirus apps to trick unassuming users into downloading malware to their devices.

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More than half of the apps - 138 out of 250 - either detected 30 percent or less of the malicious samples or had high false-positive rates, meaning a non-malicious app gets flagged as being bad, AV Comparatives says. The SimBad adware affected 206 apps on Play Store, before being discovered by Check Point. Visitors walk past the Android stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 25, 2019.

Android apps can no longer access the Android operating system's clipboard data unless they are in focus (running in the foreground aka on screen).

Previously users had only single control but starting with Android Q now, users have their own access to an app that asks for location data that has to be granted for proper functioning. The researchers recommend using apps only of well-known, verified, and reputable vendors.

Users likely wouldn't notice the malicious app since the malware instructs the device to remove the app icon from the device launcher, making it harder to uninstall the app while it displays ads in the background.

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