Google finally gets serious about protecting you from malicious Android apps
Every so often, we report on discoveries from security researchers who warn of newly identified batches of bad Android apps, often only after they’ve racked up millions of downloads. Back in September, for example, we mentioned this discovery by researchers at Wandera of a group of apps that requested sketchy permissions and included intrusive ads, among other problems, while garnering more than 1.5 million downloads before Google booted them from the Play Store.
It’s a constant game of Whack-a-Mole Google has seemed content to play when it comes to its app store. The bad stuff keeps sneaking in. Google kicks it out after-the-fact once it’s identified (often by third-parties). Rinse, repeat. But maybe now that pattern will start to change a bit.