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Android App Adware is More Common than you thought

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday February 03, 2015.

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Android is known as being more vulnerable than other operating systems, or at least that's the perception. Whether that's fair or not is a good debate to have (especially in the wake of Apple's own iOS scandals of late), but it is clear that Google's OS is open to certain dangers. Unwanted intrusions on data is one of the biggest problems facing Android, but it seems the situation is direr than thought originally.

Avast (yes, the company that offers PC anti-virus) reported recently that many innocent looking apps were actually packed with malware and adware. These apps mask themselves as established names and attack users who simply do not know any better. However, even some genuine looking applications and games are also packing adware, with Avast using Durak as an example.

Durak is a game that is available on the Google Play Store, and it is a pretty popular one too, with between 5 and 10 million downloads so far.

When you install Durak, it seems to be a completely normal and well working gaming app," says Avast. "This was the same for the other apps, which included an IQ test and a history app. This impression remains until you reboot your device and wait for a couple of days. After a week, you might start to feel there is something wrong with your device.

Apparently, once an app is installed you will begin to see ads every time you unlock, and these ads will even say your device is in danger and needs to be updated. Clicking any of these ads leads to fictitious services that charge to clean and update your device, or even to websites with malicious content. Interestingly, some of the ads actually lead to the Play Store and genuine security apps, which as far as I am concerned means one of two things.

Either the adware creators are trying to add some fake legitimacy by linking to reputable companies occasionally, or those reputable companies are paying to have adware. I would back the former, but who knows in the murky world of business.

source: Avast

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