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Avast Discovers 47 Malicious Games on Google Play 2

Avast Discovers 47 Malicious Games on Google Play

According to the latest data from Avast, Google needs to improve its system to combat malicious applications in the Play Store. With the help of Apklab.io, they found that 47 Google Play game applications contained adware, and some of them were still available for download.

Of the 47 malware identified, 17 are likely to remain active as Google continues to investigate Avast’s claims. In total, these apps have been downloaded more than 15 million times, putting millions of Android users and their devices at risk. Adware is a trojan disguised as a legitimate application, in this case, a game, and then displays annoying advertisements on the infected device. According to Avast, this particular Trojan belongs to the HiddenAds family of adware.

According to Avast’s threat analyst Jakub Vávra, their work makes it difficult to detect these malicious applications.  “Campaigns like HiddenAds may slip into the Play Store by obfuscating their true purpose or slowly introducing malicious features once already downloaded by users. It’s difficult to prevent adware campaigns since actors use one-off developer accounts for each app. While Google has been a great partner to remove malicious apps, users need to remain vigilant.”

You probably know when one of these apps will install because your device is showing annoying ads. However, identifying it before downloading can be difficult because it looks like a legitimate application. Avast urges users to check the ratings of any app that they are unsure of, as most of them would be negative. Also check with the developer as it usually only publishes one app.

These are  the most downloaded apps containing the HiddenAds adware according to Avast

  • Draw Color by Number
  • Skate Board – New
  • Find Hidden Differences
  • Shoot Master
  • Stacking Guys
  • Disc Go!
  • Spot Hidden Differences
  • Dancing Run – Color Ball Run
  • Find 5 Differences
  • Joy Woodworker
  • Throw Master
  • Throw into Space
  • Divide it – Cut & Slice Game
  • Tony Shoot – NEW
  • Assassin Legend
  • Flip King
  • Save Your Boy
  • Assassin Hunter 2020
  • Stealing Run
  • Fly Skater 2020

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