ESET researchers detect a new trick used by malware to slip into the official Android app store

ESET researchers discovered an extremely stealthy – yet surprisingly simple – technique that allowed Android malware to stay under the radar. Analyzing the DEFENSOR ID app that was – at the time – available on the official Android app store, ESET researchers learned the app misused Accessibility Services but required no other suspicious permission nor … More ESET researchers detect a new trick used by malware to slip into the official Android app store

Tracking down the developer of Android adware affecting millions of users

ESET researchers discovered a year-long adware campaign on Google Play and tracked down its operator. The apps involved, installed eight million times, use several tricks for stealth and persistence. We detected a large adware campaign running for about a year, with the involved apps installed eight million times from Google Play alone. We identified 42 … More Tracking down the developer of Android adware affecting millions of users

Over 3,300 Android apps may be violating kids’ privacy, study says

Researchers find that a great portion of popular children’s apps may run afoul of US privacy legislation by improperly collecting data – albeit often probably unintentionally. A response from Google to the unflattering findings wasn’t long in coming. More than 3,300 children-oriented Android apps on Google Play are possibly gathering kids’ data in an improper … More Over 3,300 Android apps may be violating kids’ privacy, study says

Fake or not fake – that is the question

An interview with ESET’s Lukáš Štefanko on the thin line between what deserves the name “security app” and what can be called fake. ESET’s analysis of shady apps pretending to be security – or “antivirus” – apps that were discovered on Google Play left some questions unanswered. Lukáš Štefanko, who did the research, speaks about its wider … More Fake or not fake – that is the question

Google smashed over 700,000 bad Android apps last year

Google says that it is getting better than ever at protecting Android users against bad apps and malicious developers. In fact, in a recent post on the Android Developers blog, the company boasts that it removed a record number of malicious apps from the official Google Play store during 2017. How many apps did Google remove … More Google smashed over 700,000 bad Android apps last year