Google Play Store is said to have eliminated 24 controversial applications that steal data. These applications are supposed to belong to a Chinese company that uses various developer accounts to distribute to the Google application market.
Anti-virus application These applications were first observed by VPN Pro users looking for different permissions to request Android users.
As said by VPN Pro’s blog post, Shenzhen HAWK, a subsidiary of TCL Corporation, is offering 24 applications with 382 million downloads through the Google Play Store.
These applications asked for dangerous permissions, some even malware and Rogueware. Sophos says they pretend to detect and fix some of the Rogueware active problems, while annoying to convince you to pay for it or increase more malware.
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Some of the Shenzhen HAWK applications include,
- Weather Forecast with over 10 million downloads
- Sound Recorder with over 100 million downloads
- File Manager with over 50 million downloads
- Super Cleaner with over 100 million downloads
- Virus Cleaner 2019 with over 100 million downloads
You can see the full list at the end of the report.
“We take reports of security and privacy violations seriously,” Google said in a statement to Forbes. “If we see behavior that violates our policies, we will take action.”
TCL Corporation responded to VPN Pro after Google eliminated the Shenzhen HAWK application and said it was working with Google to understand the company’s concerns with its applications.
The company also plans to conduct a security audit of its applications to ease customers. Many of the apps offered by Shenzhen HAWK are preloaded on other phones sold by Alcatel and TCL Corporation.
If you have any of these applications installed on your phones, you should uninstall it immediately.
1. World Zoo
2. Puzzle Box
3. Word Crossy!
4. Soccer Pinball
5. Dig it
6. Laser Break
7. Word Crush
8. Music Roam
9. File Manager
10. Sound Recorder
11. Joy Launcher
12. Turbo Browser
13. Weather Forecast
14. Calendar Lite
15. Candy Selfie Camera
16. Private Browser
17. Super Cleaner
18. Super Battery
19. Virus Cleaner 2019
20. Hi Security 2019
21. Hi VPN, Free VPN
22. Hi VPN Pro
23. Net Master
24. Candy Gallery
source : Gadgets.ndtv