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Android Spyware Linked to Chinese SDK Forces Google to Boot 500 Apps

23
Aug
2017
Android Spyware Linked to Chinese SDK Forces Google to Boot 500 Apps

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More than 500 Android mobile apps have been removed from Google Play after it was discovered that an embedded advertising SDK could be leveraged to quietly install spyware on devices.

The SDK, called Igexin, was developed by a Chinese company and may have been used to install malware that could, among other things, exfiltrate logs from devices.

Researchers at mobile security company Lookout said on Monday that the 500-plus Android apps with the Igexin SDK had been downloaded more than 100 million times, though not all of them were infected with spyware.

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