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Google bans 10 ‘malicious apps’ from Play Store for stealing user data; Deets here

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Google bans 10 ‘malicious apps’ from Play Store for stealing user data; Deets here

New Delhi: Google allows an app to be available on Google Play Store only after it passes through many security checks. However, despite the rigorous procedure, many dangerous apps somehow cross these security checks and find a place on the Google App Store.

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Recently, about 10 such apps have been identified, which can prove to be very dangerous for users if they download and run them on their devices. Due to this, Google has removed these apps from the Google Play Store.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Google removed ten android apps from their Play store, because these apps had the potential of stealing user data. The report further stated that these apps could track the user, who had downloaded the app, and provide the information to hackers.

These apps could even gain access to the user’s e-mail, contacts, data and password!

Reportedly, these hackers would conduct data theft via these apps using the ‘cut and paste’ method. Whenever a user copy-pasted an OTP, password or any other details, the hackers were able to steal the details through these apps from the device. The report also mentioned that these apps were able to help the fraudster to get access to the downloaded files on WhatsApp.

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Google therefore decided to ban these apps from the Play Store. If any of these malicious apps are downloaded on your smartphone, then it is advised to delete them immediately.

Android users should also note that only deleting or uninstalling these apps won’t do, one needs to erase all related data as well.

Read below to know which apps were stealing your data.

The malicious apps include:

1. Speed Radar Camera

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2. Al-Moazin Lite (Prayer times)

3. Wi-Fi Mouse (Remote Control PC)

4. QR & Barcode Scanner (Developed by AppSource Hub)

5. Qibla Compass – Ramadan 2022

6. Simple Weather & Clock Widget (Developed by Difer)

7. Handcent Next SMS- Text With MMS

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8. Smart kit 360

9. Full Quran M P3-50 Languages & Translation Audio

10. Audiosdroid Audio Studio DAW

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