Saturday, July 19, 2014

The study found a network of almost 900,000 counterfeit Android-applications – Computer Information Portal

work in the field of software security company Trend Micro Japan recently conducted a study that found about 900,000 fake applications on the operating system Android. Masquerading as real programs, many of them are engaged in identity theft and aggressive promotion advertising.

first researchers compiled a list of fifty popular free applications store Google Play Store, and then began to look for fake versions of these programs. In 77% of them was at least one illegal double, similar to the original, but contains malicious code. In a study conducted in April, the company did not confine official store Google, and numerous other shops and online forums found 890,482 fake applications. Of them to the number of malicious programs (malware) allocated 394,263, and to the number of advertising (adware) 59.185.


Most malicious applications masquerades as antivirus software, requesting Users have maximum access to the system and data. Separately allocated application called Virus Shield, Download in Play Store more than 10,000 times, and having a rating of 4.7 worth $ 3.99. Despite the high level, it is not doing any useful work perfectly.

In light of such discoveries project announcement Project Zero looks very appropriate. However, he also focuses on third-party developers, while Trend Micro advises Google to pay attention to your own store.

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