If we look at the overall numbers, the Google Play Store has 7246 apps that are categorized as malicious by the AI tool, there are 2040 fake and high-risk apps, there are 1565 apps which ask for sensitive permission, and lastly, the Google Play Store also houses 1,407 apps which feature third-party ad library. Trust me, the new way is actually cool, but there is no way you can access it unless of course, you have already signed on as a beta tester. They also advise keeping all devices updated to make sure that they have the latest security updates.
According to Stefanko, the first of the many apps containing the new Google Play Store malware was uploaded last June 7th.
The discovery was made by security experts from We Live Security by ESET. In SMS 2FA, the messages are generally short, and OTPs are likely to fit in the notification message. Then, in March of this year, the company restricted Call Log and SMS permissions in Android apps. The malware was also able to do this with E-mail based 2FA protocols.
The tech giant removed these apps, and users were hoping that danger will be kept away for a while. These are known as one-time passwords which users receive via email, or more often - via SMS.
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According to new research, Google's Play Store is riddled with thousands of possible malware-ridden counterfeit apps and games.
The apps, named "BTCTurk Pro Beta", "BtcTurk Pro Beta" and "BTCTURK PRO" impersonate the Turkish cryptocurrency exchange BtcTurk and phish for login credentials to the service.
"These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy".
In other words, instead of trying to intercept SMS messages and steal OTPs like before, the malicious app now scans the screen of the device and takes information from the notification that pops up once the codes are received. Interesting, the researchers created a convolutional neural network to analyze the app icons of more than 1 million apps in the Play Store.