SimBad adware apps downloaded from Google Play almost 150 million times

Gerald Bowen
March 16, 2019

You will not see this change on apps listed in the Google Play Store for Android TV, Wear OS and Android Auto.

The functionality of SimBad can be summarized under three separate categories, including phishing, the ability to show advertisements, and exposure to secondary apps. But there were many apps that were capable of detecting on some old Android malware samples and allowing other apps that contain certain strings - essentially using a "whitelist" for sake of protection.

According to the detailed report, the team at AV-Comparatives chose 138 vendors that are offering popular antivirus apps on Google Play. Chances are that hasn't happened, and the apps you use work the same as they would on a phone with another version of Android.

Google Play Store has lately been the victim of malware apps with millions of downloads, and while the company has been rapid in dealing with them, more issues keep popping up.

Considering the fact that the Google Play Store is the place where everyone goes to whenever they want to download a new app or game, the Android parent is always looking for new ways to improve the service's performances and stability.

"Some of the apps from the biggest companies turned out to be the most suspicious in this study, so you can't just trust the big names".

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Traditional adware typically hijacks ads or displays additional ads to users, but SimBad is that and more, reflecting a far more serious malware threat.

This change is meant to prevent apps from copying, say, passwords or other sensitive data without user knowledge. As per a blog dedicated to Android developers, Google has revealed that all icons of apps will now have a "squircle" shape. As long as you're not venturing into dark corners of the internet to download apps, the pre-loaded Google Play Protect should be good enough.

Instead of using an emulator, as pointed out by ZDNet, the researchers manually tested each of the 250 apps they've selected for the study.

For that reason, he added, "consumers should adopt basic cautionary practices to beef up their mobile security hygiene, such as knowing who develops the apps they download, being generally aware of the privileges apps have by actually reading EULAs and running some form of mobile security software to confirm things are behaving appropriately".

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Some apps or features within an app may only need location while the app is being used.

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