In recent months, Google has done a lot to prevent Android malware, but now it seems that there is still some work to be done. A software company called ‘Symantec’ recently discovered apps that were previously removed from Google Play, are back on the platform with new publisher and new app names. The titles are represented as productivity apps which are using Google imagery to hide their origins, but they would prompt with ads and scam websites if they are allowed to stay for some hours.
First Android Malware
In 2014, Malware was first found and identified as Android.Reputation.1, which is a Trojan. The same has been found in many new iterations on the Play Store. These apps offer many features such as emoji keyboard add-ons, call recorders, calculators, battery saver, task cleaner, and storage space cleaners. According to principle software engineer of Symantec, Google Play Store is the safest place to get Android Apps. Also, Google does the job of advising its users to limit the exposure to risks such as malware by configuring their phones to prevent side-loading and other apps found in the other app markets. Still, it is unclear about how these apps made into the Google Play since they have been taken down. Google has been asked by many to comment on the situation.
But, changing the name could not possibly do the trick. Still, Malware got through with a name change and new developer. We can say that the situation of Malware in Google Play still is not under control. According to the older reports, such findings are found more than often. Many times it is found Malware to slip into Google Play, and it often comes back with some kind of modification (it may be a new strain of the malware). These apps once installed, tries to stay on the device wiping their tasks, and then launch malicious activities on the device. These apps try to gain admin privilege by faking Google Play Store’s original icon.
The removal of Malware from Google Play does not mean that it has necessarily gone. It will be interesting how Google deals with such situations in the future. You can keep your system up-to-date and take some measures such to prevent such malware apps. Also, avoid downloading apps from unfamiliar sites. Try to know the trusted publishers and review app permissions before installing any apps.