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Reports reveal 400 Google Play Store Apps Affected with “DressCode” Malware

With the rise of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) programmes, more enterprises are exposing themselves to risk via carefree employee mobile usage

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New Delhi, October 6, 2016: Four hundred apps have been found to be affected with “DressCode”malware on Google Play Store, a report said on Thursday.

“DressCode” malware allows threat actors to infiltrate a user’s network environment.

If an infected device connects to an enterprise network, the attacker can either bypass the NAT device to attack the internal server or download sensitive data using the infected device as a springboard, said the report by software security leaderTrend Micro.

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Trend Micro’s “Mobile App Reputation Service” (MARS) has counted 16.6 million malware detections as of August this year — a 40 percent leap from detections listed in January.

The apps affected include recreational types like games, skins, and themes to phone optimisation boosters. The malicious code only makes for a small part of the app, making it difficult to detect.

With the rise of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) programmes, more enterprises are exposing themselves to risk via carefree employee mobile usage.

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According to Trend Micro data, 82 per cent of businesses implement BYOD or allow employee personal devices for work-related functions.

While this programme can increase employee productivity, it can also make companies vulnerable to malware like DressCode.

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Trend Micro notified Google Play of these threats and the company took necessary steps to remove the compromised apps. (IANS)

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Users Can Now Download Google Stadia App from The Google Play Store

Buyers will be able to purchase Founder's Edition of Google Stadia for $129.99

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By opening the newly launched Google Stadia app from the Play Store, user would see a screen promoting Destiny 2, which is expected to be one of the first games that will be offered to Stadia user. Pixabay

The Google Stadia app has landed on the Google Play Store and can be downloaded on supported phones, ahead of its official debut.

However, Stadia – Google’s cloud-based game streaming service – is officially set to launch on November 19.

By opening the newly launched Google Stadia app from the Play Store, user would see a screen promoting Destiny 2, which is expected to be one of the first games that will be offered to Stadia user, 9to5Google reported on Friday.

On clicking the “Get Started” link, one is redirected to the screen states that it is “Waking up the GPUs.”

Then the app asks for your Google account confirmation.

Other gaming quotes like “Building Rome” and “Reticulating Splines” have also been spotted by readers.

Along with Pixel smartphones, Google’s game streaming service will also support Chrome OS tablets such as the Pixel Slate, Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2.

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The Google Stadia app has landed on the Google Play Store and can be downloaded on supported phones, ahead of its official debut. Wikimedia Commons

Buyers will be able to purchase Founder’s Edition of Google Stadia for $129.99. It will also come with a free copy of Destiny 2 game. After the free subscription is over, users will have to pay $9.99 per month.

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It will come to 14 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. (IANS)