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Android malware disguised as Google Play apps were downloaded over 100,000 times

Android malware disguised as Google Play apps were downloaded over 100,000 times

The unending saga of Android malware didn’t end in 2018. Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro reported late last week that spyware disguised as legitimate apps on the Google Play store has been gathering data from unsuspecting Android users. In fact, researchers say the spyware (MobSTSPY) has been downloaded “over 100,000 times from users all over the world” in 196 countries.

Trend Micro specifically cited six apps that were available on Google Play as being infected, including cloned games such as Flappy Birr Dog and Flappy Bird, as well as a flashlight app and a couple of emulators. According to Trend Micro, all six apps had been removed from Google Play by the time they shared their report.