Google Play Store update: Apps with 20 million downloads removed

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Google recently removed apps from the Play Store, which had over 20 million downloads. The tech giant took action because apps were consuming too much mobile data and draining batteries, according to a report. ALSO READ: Apple App Store Will Show More Ads From October 25th And Here’s The Reason

According to the McAfee report, Google has identified the new Clicker malware that has made its way into Google Play. A total of 16 apps that were previously on Google Play have been confirmed to have the malicious payload with around 20 million installs. ALSO READ: Smartphone shipments in India fell 6% in Q3, Xiaomi and Samsung lead

“Once the application is opened, it downloads its configuration remotely by executing an HTTP request. Once the configuration is downloaded, it registers the FCM (Firebase Cloud Messaging) listener to receive push messages,” McAfee wrote in a post. of blogging. ALSO READ: Best Diwali gift options for gadget lovers

“At first glance, it appears to be well-designed Android software. However, it hides ad fraud features behind it, armed with remote configuration and FCM techniques,” he added.

Security researchers have informed Google that all identified apps are no longer available on Google Play. Users are also protected by Google Play Protect, which blocks these apps on Android.

The malicious code was found on useful utility apps such as Flashlight (Torch), QR readers, cameras, unit converters and task managers.

The FCM message contains different types of information, including the function to be called and its parameters.

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