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Researchers Detect 172 Malicious Apps on Google Play Store

To recall, last month Google removed 46 apps from the marketplace belonging to Chinese mobile developer iHandy

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Huawei smartphones are seen in front of displayed Google Play logo in this illustration picture, May 20, 2019. VOA

Researchers have detected a total of 172 infected apps with over 335 million installs found on Googles Play Store in September alone.

ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko said that the majority of those 172 malicious apps were harbouring adware, Threatpost reported on Tuesday.

“Unwanted ads or adware is popular category because after installation it does not request any further inputs, like banking trojans, and can simply generate revenue for developers right from the beginning,” Threatpost quoted Stefanko.

“Also, it is not as difficult to create adware as it is to create Android ransomware or banking Trojans,” Stefanko added.

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Previously, if users were not signed into their Google accounts, pre-installed apps on their devices, including the Play Store, were cut off from updates. Pixabay

The malicious category includes the applications that are infected by adware, subscription scams, hidden ads, SMS premium subscription, and more.

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As per the report, most of the applications that were found to be malicious have been removed.

To recall, last month Google removed 46 apps from the marketplace belonging to Chinese mobile developer iHandy. (IANS)

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Snapdeal Crosses 10 Crore App Downloads on Google Play Store: Report

Snapdeal has more than five lakh registered sellers, who have more than 20 crore listings on the marketplace, the company claims

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Snapdeal has crossed 10 crore app downloads on Google Play Store, registering a gain of 37 per cent over 7.3 crore downloads a year ago, according to the e-commerce player on Monday.

In October 2019, the monthly traffic to Snapdeal crossed 24 crore visits, claimed the company. It witnessed 52 per cent increase in order volumes this festive season, with 90 per cent of orders coming from non-metro users, it said.

Snapdeal’s growth is also due to deepening of its focus on value-priced merchandise.

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Volumes of order from Snapdeal grew 52 per cent over last Diwali and volumes doubled in more than 120 cities across the country. Pixabay

In the last two years, Snapdeal has added over 60,000 new seller partners, who have added over five crore new listings aimed at building a deep assortment of products relevant for value-savvy buyers.

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Snapdeal has more than five lakh registered sellers, who have more than 20 crore listings on the marketplace, the company claims. (IANS)

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