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300 Google Play Store Apps Are Discovered to Contain Malware

August 30, 2017


They looked like storage managers, video players, and ringtones, among other things. If you downloaded them from the Google Play store, they would indeed do whatever they were supposed to. But in the background, they would also take over your Android device, making it part of a giant botnet designed to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks and demand ransoms from its unwitting victims–while it appeared to continue functioning normally from your point of view.

We don’t know when the malware-ridden apps first appeared in the Play Store, but they captured a lot of attention on August 17 when the botnet, which researchers named WireX, launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against a hospitality company.