Android spyware linked to chinese sdk forces google to boot 500 apps


More than 500 Android mobile apps have been removed from Google Play after it was discovered that an embedded advertising SDK could be leveraged to quietly install spyware on devices.

The SDK, called Igexin, was developed by a Chinese company and may have been used to install malware that could, among other things, exfiltrate logs from devices. Researchers at mobile security company Lookout said on Monday that the 500-plus Android apps with the Igexin SDK had been downloaded more than 100 million times, though not all of them were infected with spyware.

Source: threatpost

Games developed for teen-agers that had been downloaded between 50 million and 100 million times were the largest concentration of apps containing the Igexin SDK. Weather apps, internet radio apps, photo editors, educational, health and fitness, travel and emoji apps were also identified by Lookout as classes of apps where the SDK was found.

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