The Reason Why Google Removed 300 Apps From App Store
Google has recently removed 300 apps from Google Play Store owing to the fact that apps were secretly hacking devices to supply the traffic for DDoS attack, as stated by Gizmodo. The apps under ringtones and storage managers category were removed by Google. These Android apps have been found containing malware issues that were hampering the overall app ecosystem.
The botnet, known popularly as WireX, drew the attention of security researchers at content delivery network Akamai when one of its clients was to be the victim of the similar threat. Akamai’s client was flooded with traffic from hundreds and thousands of IP addresses.
The Android apps that were removed found to have serious malware issues hidden underneath. Due to these malware issues the Android devices were secretly participating to contribute to DDoS attack as long as the device remained powered on. Although the number of devices that became the victim of similar issue is not yet clear. However, Akamai researchers have claimed that the number could be anything around 70,000.
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