Bad byte! 4 dangerous apps found on Google Play Store; did you download any? Delete NOW

    4 malicious apps have been identified on Google Play Store that can steal your personal details. Check the bad apps here and delete them now.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Nov 07 2022, 13:32 IST
    BANNED! Call Recording apps BANNED on Google Play Store
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    1/5 According to The Sun, different laws are in practice around the world. In places like US and Germany, call recording is allowed but requires that the other person must be aware and consent is taken from him or her. (Pixabay)
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    2/5 In the UK, call recording is allowed, but only for personal use. It requires consent if the recording is meant to be sold to a third party or publicly released. The laws are even state specific in the US. For example, in Arizona, call recording is allowed if you are the bill payer and you own the phone. (Pixabay)
    3/5 There is also a growing concern that call recording can result in privacy breach. In the past, Google had banned a part required to make recordings by developers, although a loophole existed. But this time, Google has decided to ban it altogether for good and it will close the loophole on May 11. (Pixabay)
    4/5 Therefore, after May 11, only call recording that would be allowed is from the phone’s in-built call recorder. Therefore, devices like Xiaomi and Pixel will continue to offer call recording functionality, according to The Sun. This is because these devices alert the user that the call is being recorded. (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Google announced that "If the app is the default dialler on the phone and also pre-loaded, accessibility capability is not required to get access to the incoming audio stream, and hence, will not be in violation.” (Pixabay)
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    Here are the four malicious apps found on Google Play Store. (Reuters)

    Not all the apps you download or install on your phone from Google Play Store are safe. As per the latest details 4 malicious Android apps have been found on Google Play Store that can lead you to harmful phishing sites and can even steal your private information secretly. These four bad apps are from developer Mobile apps Group and are listed on Google Play. Also, these apps are infected with Android/Trojan.HiddenAds.BTGTHB and have amassed at least one million downloads.

    "A family of malicious apps from developer Mobile apps Group are listed on Google Play and infected with Android/Trojan.HiddenAds.BTGTHB. In total, four apps are listed, and together they have amassed at least one million downloads. Older versions of these apps have been detected in the past as different variants of Android/Trojan.HiddenAds. Yet, the developer is still on Google Play dispensing its latest HiddenAds malware," according to a blog post by Malwarebytes.

    The four Android applications that have been detected on Google Play with the malware that you need to delete right away if you have installed them are:

    1. Bluetooth Auto Connect

    2. Bluetooth App Sender

    3. Driver: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB

    4. Mobile transfer: smart switch

    These apps do not show any unusual or malicious behaviors in the first 72 hours of the installation of the app, according to Malwarebytes. Also, these apps have had a long history of being infected with different variants of HiddenAds. You are advised to delete these applications if you have them installed in your phone.

    According to the blog post, the apps open phishing sites in Google Chrome even when the device is locked. And as the user unlocks the device, they are taken to a new tab with the latest malicious site. After this you will observe new tabs opening frequently with a new site and that too automatically. These malware range from using harmless tricks, generating revenue via pay-per-click to stealing users' sensitive information.

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    First Published Date: 07 Nov, 13:32 IST
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