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New Year’s resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

Many of you are visiting family for the holidays, which means you're sharing meals, telling stories, and exchanging gifts. In fact, quite a few of you may be giving phones or tablets to family members this year. If you're a regular around here, you're probably also known as the resident gadget expert, an honor that is both a compliment and a curse — you know what I'm talking about. While you might be trying to avoid impromptu tech support work, we would like to encourage taking a few minutes to do something for the greater good: Clean the trash apps from your family members' devices.

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New Year's resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some Android devices from ZTE, Archos, and others shipping with ‘Cosiloon’ malware

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

ZTE is currently fighting with the US government to lift a trade ban, while federal intelligence committees accuse the company of spying on US consumers. It looks like the ZTE might be in even more trouble, as pre-installed malware has been found on several phones from the company. Avast Software has released details about the 'Cosiloon' malware on its blog, which has also been found on devices from Archos, Prestigio, and others.

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Some Android devices from ZTE, Archos, and others shipping with 'Cosiloon' malware was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some Android devices from ZTE, Archos, and others shipping with ‘Cosiloon’ malware

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

ZTE is currently fighting with the US government to lift a trade ban, while federal intelligence committees accuse the company of spying on US consumers. It looks like the ZTE might be in even more trouble, as pre-installed malware has been found on several phones from the company. Avast Software has released details about the 'Cosiloon' malware on its blog, which has also been found on devices from Archos, Prestigio, and others.

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Some Android devices from ZTE, Archos, and others shipping with 'Cosiloon' malware was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Kaspersky details super-advanced ‘Skygofree’ Android trojan

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Security firms spot new malware variations all the time, but most of them aren't very sophisticated. They don't have to be to spam ads or track your location. However, the newly identified Skygofree is in a completely different league. according to Kaspersky, this piece of malware possesses features never before seen in the wild.

This rogue app spreads from webpages designed to look like those of carriers like Vodafone. Users are tricked into installing the APK to get faster network access.

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Kaspersky details super-advanced 'Skygofree' Android trojan was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Cryptocurrency mining malware “Loapi” capable of physically damaging phones

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have identified a family of modular Android malware dubbed "Loapi," which is capable of mining the Monero cryptocurrency, inundating users with advertisements, automatically subscribing the user to paid services, and participating in DDoS attacks, among other functions. The cryptocurrency mining module maintains a load sufficiently high enough to cause physical damage to a test device after two days—the above photo shows a device which overheated to the point the battery bulged.

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Cryptocurrency mining malware "Loapi" capable of physically damaging phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Toast overlay being used by malicious Android apps to install additional malware

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Recently, Google has notified developers of apps that use Accessibility features for purposes other than helping users with disabilities to cease using those APIs or otherwise unpublish their app. The impetus for this move appears to be existence of (now removed) apps in the Play Store which use Accessibility features in conjunction with a vulnerability patched as part of the September security update to install malware.

The report from security software vendor Trend Micro identified various malicious apps titled "Smart AppLocker," one of which the company claims had over 500,000 installs.

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Toast overlay being used by malicious Android apps to install additional malware was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Play Protect didn’t catch obfuscated malware with up to 20 million installs on the Play Store

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

At this year's I/O, Google announced Play Protect, a user-facing security screening process for apps on Android phones based on the old Verify Apps. Basically, it scans apps you install, comparing their content against known malware components, and notifies you if any potential risks are found. And it turns out, it's not infallible, as an older "packed" malware package was able to trick it. 

The folks over at Check Point identified a "packed" malware they're calling ExpensiveWall, after an app containing the malware called "Lovely Wallpaper." It surreptitiously registers users for premium services via SMS, charging their accounts for services they don't want, and which the malware creators profit from.

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Google's Play Protect didn't catch obfuscated malware with up to 20 million installs on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

CloudFlare, Google, and others teamed up to take down WireX botnet distributed in ~300 apps on the Play Store

Monday, August 28th, 2017

On August 17th, a botnet that would later be named WireX struck the 'net, DDoSing a handful of CDNs and content providers. Cloudflare just revealed the details of the DDoS and the fight against it in a recent blog post. Researchers at the company as well as other affected organizations were able to combat the botnet by determining the source, which was primarily found to be Android devices running malicious applications, some of which were distributed by the Play Store.

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CloudFlare, Google, and others teamed up to take down WireX botnet distributed in ~300 apps on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

After a short hiatus, BLU phones are back on Amazon

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Earlier this week Amazon took some of the low-budget manufacturer BLU's phones off the retailer's digital shelves, following allegations that BLU had included spyware in its products. It seems to have been a false alarm, though, as today BLU has announced in a tweet that Amazon is back to stocking its phones. Customers looking to pick up a cheap and capable phone can again purchase them at the US' biggest online merchant. 

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After a short hiatus, BLU phones are back on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon suspends sales of BLU phones due to alleged spyware, BLU denies wrongdoing

Monday, July 31st, 2017

BLU is one of many low-end phone manufacturers, known for its dirt-cheap unlocked Android phones. But back in November, a security firm discovered spyware on some BLU phones sold in the United States, prompting Amazon to stop selling the affected devices until the issue was resolved.

But it looks like BLU is, once again, in trouble with Amazon. The retailer is ceasing sales of some BLU devices (there are still some available for purchase, at the time of writing) following an announcement from security firm Kryptowire at the recent Black Hat security conference.

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Amazon suspends sales of BLU phones due to alleged spyware, BLU denies wrongdoing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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