Both applications had a total of over 1,5 million downloads and have been in the Play Store for almost a year. Symantec researchers informed Google of the suspicious activity of the two apps and the company immediately removed them from the app store.
These applications were the notepad app called «Idea Note: OCR Text Scanner, Color Notes» and a fitness app with the name «Beauty Fitness: daily workout, best HIIT coach». The problem is that researchers are unable to fully understand their internal functions.
“Using this tactic allows you to run ads and any other malicious content freely. The application can then launch an automated process that opens ads offering revenue to managers, ”said Symantec.
Symantec researchers urge users to uninstall immediately applications from Appliances their. The way these applications work is quite insidious and not fully understood.
A few months ago, Google revealed that Google maliciously programs installed on devices, through applications found on the Google Play Store, have increased significantly compared to the previous year. However, according to the company, this is because "potentially dangerous applications" now include click-fraud apps and open pages.