Adware Plagues Google Play Store for Months
Security researchers recently revealed that Google’s Play Store had been plagued with various Android adware for the past two months.
ESET’s Lukas Stefanko alerted the public in a tweet about two adware apps in October, and discovered another two in November. The adware are typically embedded or masquerade as popular games, kids apps, and messaging apps.
Meanwhile, Kochava researchers said this week that there were eight extremely popular apps that had adware functions on Play Store that had already been downloaded over two billion times. The apps are Clean Master, CM File Manager, CM Launcher 3D, Security Master, Battery Doctor, CM Locker, and Cheetah Keyboard.
The apps were developed by Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese company and one of the biggest app developers on Play Store.