The Google Android malware has been under scrutiny consistently. In the most recent news, security researchers of Trend Micro have found 85 apps ridden with adware by Google Play Store. Adding to the disaster, these apps had recorded about 8 million downloads.
The apps affected by adware were been posed as legitimate services mainly centering on photography and gaming.
The discovered Adware by researchers is not as common as the regular Adware malware which hides on the user’s device and shows unwanted advertisements. The newly discovered Adware by researchers of Trend Micro makes it difficult to close advertisements, and also additionally employs “unique techniques to evade detection through user behavior and time-based triggers,” reported Ecular Xu, a mobile threat response engineer at Trend Micro.
Furthermore, sources suggest, the apps hide their icon and create a shortcut on the user’s home screen within 30 minutes after installation. This practice keeps them from being uninstalled only by dragging or dropping the icon in the ‘uninstall’ section.
Moreover, the adware app also uses ‘Java reflection’, thus allowing the app’s runtime behavior to be modified or inspected or to remain hidden.
The app also registers a broadcast receiver which checks if the user has unlocked a device and also displays unwanted advertisements. After the conditions are met, the advertisements are shown on a full screen. The users can then watch the entire ad before closing or going back to the app.
Android malware is a common threat and is not impossible to tackle. If the users keep themselves updated on the specific threats and are careful about the apps that they download then it would ultimately help in securing the device.