- Google removed malicious apps from Play Store this week
- TCL Corporation is the parent firm of Shenzhen HAWK
24 Malicious Android Apps Removed – Google Play Store has reportedly removed 24 malware android apps that have been harvesting information and sending again to the Chinese servers.
The apps are asks to belong to a single Chinese parent firm that was utilizing a number of developer accounts to distribute them in Google’s app store.
Also, the apps have been first observed by the folks at VPN Pro who have been on the lookout for the various permissions that anti-virus apps ask Android users.
Report by VPNpro, a Chinese firm Shenzhen Hawk added 24 Android apps to the Google Play Store which have malign intents.
These android apps have a complete install number of around 382 million, with every app having a 10 million downloads.
Some of the apps being provided by Shenzhen HAWK embrace,
3 of the apps – over 100 million downloads
Super Cleaner with over 100 million downloads.
Sound Recorder with over 100 million downloads.
Virus Cleaner 2019 with over 100 million downloads.
File Manager with 50 million downloads.
Weather Forecast with over 10 million downloads.
Accordingly, blog post adds that after Forbes reached out to Google about these apps on Tuesday and the corporate swiftly removed these from the Store.
“We take reports of security and privacy violations seriously,” Google informed Forbes in a press release. “If we find conduct that violates our policies, we take clear action.”
24 Malicious Android Apps found
- World Zoo (100,000)
- Puzzle Box (1M)
- Word Crossy (100,000)
- Soccer Pinball (10,000)
- Dig it (10,000)
- Laser Break (10,000)
- Word Crush (50)
- Music Roam (1,000)
- File Manager (50M)
- Sound Recorder (100M)
- Joy Launcher (10M)
- Turbo Browser (10M)
- Weather Forecast (10M)
- Calendar Lite (5M)
- Candy Selfie Camera (10M)
- Private Browser (500,000)
- Super Cleaner (100M)
- Super Battery (5M)
- Virus Cleaner 2019 (100M)
- Hi Security 2019 (5M)
- Hi VPN, Free VPN (10M)
- Hi VPN Pro (500,000)
- Net Master (5M)
- Candy Gallery (10M)
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