Android keyboard app caught red‑handed trying to make sneaky purchases

The virtual keyboard app ai.type, which has racked up 40 million downloads, has been found to sign up users to premium services without their consent. The Android version of the popular virtual keyboard app ai.type has attempted to make over 14 million unauthorized transactions that could have cost the users US$18 million in unwanted charges, … More Android keyboard app caught red‑handed trying to make sneaky purchases

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

First‑of‑its‑kind spyware sneaks into Google Play

ESET analysis breaks down the first known spyware that is built on the AhMyth open-source espionage tool and has appeared on Google Play – twice. ESET researchers have discovered the first known spyware that is built on the foundations of AhMyth open-source malware and has circumvented Google’s app-vetting process. The malicious app, called Radio Balouch … More First‑of‑its‑kind spyware sneaks into Google Play

Facebook hits two app developers with lawsuit

The legal action, brought over alleged click injection fraud, is said to be among the first of its kind. Facebook announced this week that it is suing two Asia-based Android app developers over alleged ad fraud. The social network alleges that LionMobi, based in Hong Kong, and JediMobi, based in Singapore, made apps available on the Google … More Facebook hits two app developers with lawsuit

Spain’s top football league fined over its app’s ‘tactics’

La Liga has taken substantial flak for tapping into microphones and geolocation services in fans‘ phones in a bid to root out piracy. Spain’s national data protection agency AEPD has slapped a fine of €250,000 (US$280,000) on the country’s top-flight football league, La Liga, for failing to make it adequately clear to users of its … More Spain’s top football league fined over its app’s ‘tactics’

ESET discovers new fake cryptocurrency apps on Google Play able to phish and scam users out of cryptocurrency

ESET researchers have just concluded their analysis of fake cryptocurrency wallets that emerged on Google Play at the time of bitcoin’s renewed spike in value. This month has seen bitcoin growing, with its price climbing to its highest point since September 2018. Not surprisingly, cybercriminals were quick to notice this development and started upping their … More ESET discovers new fake cryptocurrency apps on Google Play able to phish and scam users out of cryptocurrency

Fake cryptocurrency apps crop up on Google Play as bitcoin price rises

ESET researchers have analyzed fake cryptocurrency wallets emerging on Google Play at the time of bitcoin’s renewed growth. May 2019 has seen bitcoin growing, with its price climbing to its highest points since September 2018. Not surprisingly, cybercrooks were quick to notice this development and started upping their efforts in targeting cryptocurrency users with various … More Fake cryptocurrency apps crop up on Google Play as bitcoin price rises