Once again, Google has missed scores of mobile applications that were riddled with malware, getting past the company’s security measures…
For the past several years, Google has continually introduced a number of security protocols to prevent malicious code from making its way onto the Play Store. But, the company has had its share of failures, including a recent one containing malware known as “Tekya.”
Google Play Protect Security Measures Fail to Identify over Fifty Android Apps Containing Malware
Security researchers over at Check Point have discovered more than fifty mobile applications — 56 total — that have been downloaded nearly one million times that are designed to commit ad fraud.
These apps (as most nefarious ones do) were marketed under otherwise mundane functions such as cooking, calculators, as well as kids’ apps, like puzzles and racing games.
The apps were successful in concealing their true mission because the developers tucked the malevolent functions inside the native code for Android. This is code that’s only reserved to run exclusively on Android processors. As a result, they avoided detection by Google Play Protect.
Upon discovering the malware, the security researchers have alerted Google to their various schemes, in turn, Google has already removed the apps in question.