New Delhi, Dec 9- Search Engine Google has removed 22 applications from their play store for showing mischievous behaviour. According to Ars Technica, these applications were downloaded for almost two million times. The 22 applications consist of Sparkle Flashlight, a flashlight app that was downloaded around a million times after which it was made available on Play Store a year ago.
According to Sophos, as many as 19 applications were available from the month of June. These applications comprise of “device-draining backdoor” from the very beginning that made it very easier for them to download files from a server that was controlled and monitored by an attacker, without any knowledge of the user. applications like Sparkle Flashlight and other apps were updated in the month of March 2018 in order to add the backdoor.
All of the 22 malicious applications were removed by Google in the last few days of November. “Andr/Click-ad is a well-regulated, tenacious malware that has the potential to cause serious harm to the users who are on the receiving end, along with the entire Android ecosystem, the Sophos blog post read.These applications which apparently clicked on illegal ads without the knowledge of the user were active even after forcefully closing it. This led the applications to “drain the phone’s battery as well cause data overages”. “Additionally, the devices are fully controlled and surveillance by the C2 server and can potentially install any malicious modules upon the instructions of the server,” the post read further.
In the statement given by Google last week, Google said it takes “deceptive and malicious behaviour” on the platform very seriously. The statement was passed after Google removed CM File Manager and Kika Keyboard applications from Cheetah Mobile and Play Store for misleading behaviour.
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