Google apps fail to fight off malware attacks

Google apps fail to fight off malware attacks

Company mobiles are still being subjected to adware via Google’s Play app store, in spite of heightened security.

Mobile security firm Lookout, based in San Francisco, wrote in  the company blog that two adware families, NotFunny and HideIcon, have managed to infiltrate Google Play. The apps have been downloaded thousands of times by unsuspecting users.

This is in spite of Google recently tightening its processes when reviewing which apps can and cannot be added to the store.

Eunice Kim, product manager for Google Play, revealed in a blog post:

“Several months ago, we began reviewing apps before they are published on Google Play to better protect the community and improve the app catalogue. This new process involves a team of experts who are responsible for identifying violations of our developer policies earlier in the app lifecycle.”

However, Lookout has uncovered 13 separate instances of  NotFunny and HideIcon on Google’s app store, with download levels hitting 500,000 and 130,000 respectively, as reported by the store’s own counter.

The news comes after a similar finding in February by security vendor Avast, which uncovered adware on Google Play hidden in card game app Durak, along with other apps. The adware received over five million downloads.

Google will likely now have to increase its security even more when it comes to reviewing app submissions. In truth, every business needs to take the same approach, with so many cyber attacks in recent years. This is why cyber security jobs have become such prominent roles, and are expected to become even more so in the future.

Our accreditations & Partners

  • REC Member
  • VTC - Virtual Technology Cluster
  • RANT Events
  • Bloom Nepro
  • YPO
  • Crown Commerical Service
  • Disability Confident
  • ISO 9001
  • Armed Force Covenant
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • ISO 27001

Thanks

Success

Thanks

Success

Thank you for signing up to the acumin alerts.

Send CV

Send us your CV and have our recruiters match you to the ideal opportunities

Do you already have an account with us?

Log in

Want to have an account with us?

Register

Want to just send us your CV?

Upload only doc, docx, odt, pdf format file.

By submitting your registration and CV to us you are agreeing to join our database and to be contacted about relevant jobs industry communications. Please read our terms of business for more information.

Password reset

If you need a reminder for your password, fill out the field below

Log in

Access your account to edit your contact details, job alerts or to upload a new CV

Thank you

Success

Thank you for successfully uploading your CV.

Acumin Alerts

Success

Thanks for registering for Acumin alerts.

Acumin Alerts

Unfortunately your CV could not be uploaded

Please make sure your CV is one of the following file types: doc, docx, odt, pdf, rtf

Acumin Spam

Unfortunately your submission has been declared spam. Please try again.

Vacancy

Success

Thank you for submitting your vacancy.

Register

Create an account to register your contact details, sign up for job alerts and upload your CV

Success

Thanks for registering for Acumin alerts. To get the most out of Acumin's service why not register with us?

Upload only doc, docx, odt, pdf format file.
- Practitioner
- Commercial

I agree to the terms and conditions and to be contacted by recruiters:

I agree to receive marketing communications relevant to my job search:

I agree to receive Jobs By Email for the following professions:
- Business Continuity Management
- Counter Fraud
- Cyber Security
- Executive Management
- Governance & Compliance
- Information Security & Risk Management
- Penetration Testing & Digital Forensics
- Sales and Marketing
- Sales Engineering
- Security Management
- Technical Security
- Information/Risk Assurance
- Identity Management
- Application Security
- Security Architecture
- Dev/Sec Ops
- DV & SC Cleared Jobs
- Programme & Project Management
- CISO/CSO

Submit a Vacancy

Use the form below to submit a vacancy