Google Play plans to ban Android VPN apps that block ads
Google will prevent Android VPN apps listed on the Play Store from tampering with or restricting advertising beginning in November. The shift may cause issues for privacy applications.
The revised Google Play policy, which was revealed last month, will go into force on November 1. It specifies t... Read more
Google and Apple want to remove apps older than 2 years from stores
Google and Apple recently announced plans to remove old applications from their respective app marketplaces. Both businesses agreed to delete any apps that had not been updated in two years last month.
In early April, Google revealed a two-year cutoff plan that would take effect in November, whi... Read more
A Google Play app with more than 10,000 downloads carried remote access trojan
According to a security firm, a malicious program downloaded more than 10,000 times from Google Play installed a remote access malware that collected users' passwords, text messages, and other private data.
The trojan, which goes by the aliases TeaBot and Anatsa, was discovered in May of last ye... Read more
Google Play apps with 300,000 downloads stole user credentials
Researchers say they've found a batch of apps on the Google Play Store downloaded more than 300,000 times before they were shown to have trojans that siphoned passwords, 2FA (two-factor authentication) codes, took screenshots, and logged keystrokes.
The apps pose as PDF scanners, cryptocurrency ... Read more
Google lowers Google Play commission on commercial apps
Google is lowering the commission on subscriptions and goods sold through Google Play apps. Third-party developers may be able to make more money from their applications as a result.
There has been quite a bit of noise around the mobile app stores of both Google and Apple for some time. Many dev... Read more
Apple and Google remove Fortnite, developer files lawsuit
Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google after the removal of Fortnite from their app stores. This is because Epic introduced a new feature to offer in-app purchases, which means Apple and Google are missing out on revenue.
Epic Games announced the new billing system on Thursday. Deve... Read more
Hackers stole data for years using backdoors in Google Play apps
Hackers used a backdoor in Google Play for years to steal sensitive data. Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Labs published these results.
Kaspersky's research team discovered at least eight Google Play apps with backdoors dating back to 2018. Based on archive research, the resea... Read more
Google Play Apps found that exploit vulnerability to steal data
According to researchers, a vulnerability in Anroid's kernel is used by three apps from the Google Play Store to access a user's phone. According to the researchers, the hacking group SideWinder is behind the apps.
The now removed Camero app would make use of the vulnerability CVE-2019-2215, whi... Read more
Android app with more than 100 million downloads spread malware
The CamScanner app for Android included a so-called Trojan Dropper, a module that installed malware on infected devices. The Trojan Dropper was implemented in the app in an advertising library.
Ars Technica reports that CamScanner was a perfectly normal app for most of its lifespan. Among other t... Read more
Google’s Rewarded Products focuses on earnings app developers
Google wants to make it easier for Android developers to make money with applications. It does this by launching a new service in Google Play called 'Rewarded Products'. This allows developers to offer bonuses as in-game content, in exchange for watching video ads.
With the new option, developers sh... Read more