Google Play Store is the go-to market place for anyone who wishes to download an app on his/her Android device. The Google Play store had over 82 billion app downloads in 2016 and has reached over 3.5 million apps published in 2017. It has been the subject of multiple issues concerning security, in which malicious software has been approved and uploaded to the store and downloaded by users, with varying degrees of severity. In all of 2017, over 700,000 apps were banned from Google Play due to abusive contents. Moreover every now and then, I am hearing that Google is banning applications for not following its policies and guidelines.
A recently concluded two-year-long study by the University of Sydney and Data61 of CSIRO suggests that over 2000 apps found in the Google Play Store have malicious content or are asking for suspicious amounts of permissions. The research suggests that though the number of malicious apps is in the minority, a major portion of apps require permissions to access data they have no business to deal with.
Among such apps are popular titles like Hill Climb Racing or Temple Run which are among the most popular games available on the Play Store.
However, Google’s team have reported that many of the apps mentioned in the survey have already been removed and many others are under investigation. They also added that the number of app suspension has risen to 66% over last year’s tally.
Do you have any app installed which might be malicious or is asking for unwanted permissions? Let me know in the comments section.