Experts On Yet Another Warning For Android Users

Forbes reported today that another warning has been issued to Android users after researchers at ESET discovered a year-long campaign that saw 8 million installs of adware delivered through 42 apps.

Half of those apps had already been removed by Google at the time ESET reported them. All the apps have since been removed by Google, however they are still available in third party stores, Lukas Stefanko, ESET malware researcher, said.


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David Kennefick, Product Architect,  edgescan
October 25, 2019
Application permissions should be routinely reviewed and updated based on your usage.
It should go without saying that you should only download applications from the official app stores. Downloading and installing applications from third-party locations is not advisable, and even when installing from the official app stores you should be diligent on what permissions an application has. This is not the first adware/spyware issue Google Play store users have experienced. In early 201 ....
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Eoin Keary, CEO and Cofounder,  Edgescan
October 25, 2019
The use of automation to detect malware is used for scalability reasons.
One challenge that any playstore/appstore finds when validating apps for malware is that static analysis techniques and automation may not detect logical functions in code which give rise to data exfiltration. The use of automation to detect malware is used for scalability reasons, but this method is signature-based, which is efficient in finding malicious code but less so in the discovery of log ....
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