Hundreds of Scam Apps Hit Over 10 Million Android Devices

Hundreds of Scam Apps Hit Over 10 Million Android Devices

The techniques are common in malicious Play Store apps, and premium SMS fraud in particular is a notorious issue.But the researchers say it's significant that attackers were able to string these known approaches together in a way that was still extremely effective—and in staggering numbers—even as Google has continuously improved its Android security and Play Store defenses.

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

“It is frightening that with one update an app can turn malicious while going under the radar of Google Play Protect,” Collier wrote.The researcher wrote:No, in the case of Barcode Scanner, malicious code had been added that was not in previous versions of the app.

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

Music Beta was announced alongside the launch of Google Movies on the Android Market store, which was the precursor to Google Play.With Google Music, Google didn't need Amazon anymore.iTunes was the industry leader at the time, letting iPhone users shop for music and movies from their computers or phones.

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

Photograph: GoogleAt the moment, Nearby Share is available for select Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones, but Google says that because the feature is a part of Google Play Services, you do not need to wait for an over-the-air update from your manufacturer or carrier to get it.

Lenovo's Nightstand-Friendly Smart Clock Is Now Only $50

Lenovo's Nightstand-Friendly Smart Clock Is Now Only $50

Lenovo's Smart Clock can do almost anything that other Google Assistant devices can do, but it has a smaller 4-inch display (nightstand-sized) and has a nice fabric cover to blend in with your aesthetic.

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade

Kicking white nationalists and other extremists off of your platform also seems like it shouldn't be controversial, and yet Steam continues to give neo-Nazis and other bad actors a wide berth .We also took a look at a hacking group that managed to sneak malware into the Google Play Store repeatedly over several years.

What Is Fleeceware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

What Is Fleeceware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

It's always safer to download mobile apps from official stores like Google Play and Apple's iOS App Store, but even then there's still some risk that malicious apps have snuck in.

How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again

How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again

Unlike most of the shady apps found in Play Store malware, Kaspersky's researchers say, PhantomLance's hackers apparently smuggled in data-stealing apps with the aim of infecting only some hundreds of users; the spy campaign likely sent links to the malicious apps to those targets via phishing emails.

Thousands of Android Apps Are Silently Accessing Your Data

Thousands of Android Apps Are Silently Accessing Your Data

More than 4,000 Google Play apps silently collect a list of all other installed apps in a data grab that allows developers and advertisers to build detailed profiles of users, a recently published research paper found.

The US Box Office Just Had Its Worst Weekend in 20 Years

The US Box Office Just Had Its Worst Weekend in 20 Years

Speaking of families staying home to stay safe, Disney pushed up the digital release date of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker last week—dropping the movie on services like Vudu, Apple TV, and Google Play on Friday.

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores.This seems to imply that in reviewing ToTok, Google didn't find anything about the app that violates Play Store policies.

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

If the savings don't work, we recommend picking it up for $144 ($56 off) at Amazon—still a good deal.It's one of our favorite Google Assistant-powered smart displays, but its small screen is particularly suited to the bedroom.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

You can also download an app like Overcast or Pocket Casts and search for Gadget Lab. If you use Android, find us in the Google Play Music app by tapping here.

How Android Fought an Epic Botnet—and Won

How Android Fought an Epic Botnet—and Won

Google Play Protect , which helps weed out bogus Android apps, has been increasingly able to detect when Chamois is running on a device and disable it.

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: Google Play Store Has a Malware Problem. Working together with security researchers, a Motherboard investigation found that more than 20 Android apps in the Google Play Store were actually spyware that may have been developed for the Italian government.

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.

Ditch the Super Bowl for a Who's Who of Superb Owls

Ditch the Super Bowl for a Who's Who of Superb Owls

Ditch the Super Bowl for a Who's Who of Superb Owls Great grey owls! Trader Joe's has used the term on its in-store signage; Google now responds to a " superb owl " search with the details of the game and a cartoon bird; and the wordplay showed up as a category on Jeopardy this week.

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break GameApple's existing office in Austin, Texas, a few miles from where the company announced plans to build a new campus.SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty ImagesIt took about 30 minutes for Williamson County commissioners to unanimously approve a roughly $16 million incentive package for Apple Tuesday morning, bringing the total amount the tech giant is likely to receive in exchange for choosing Austin as the site for its newest campus to a cool $41 million.

ITunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads—on Purpose

ITunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads—on Purpose

He agrees that there are always potential downsides to sending data unencrypted, but notes that an attacker who wants to track what a target is downloading might still be able to do it even with TLS encryption, based on an app's size.For its part, the Google Play Store seems to have found a way around this caching mechanism, which is not totally surprising since Google specifically staked out its support for ubiquitous HTTPS years ago.