Google team has already taken strict actions against the apps made by Chinese developers, that had malicious code. After removing thousands of malicious apps from the Google Play Store, Google was silent as they thought they’d done a perfect job. But now, Google has decided to take action against Chinese app developer DO Global because several of its apps are violating the terms and service. According to the report from a security agency, Google Play Still has more than 238 malicious apps, that have the parts of malware or the adware that ultimately renders the device unusable.
The 238 apps from the Google Play Store have combined 440 million downloads in the lifetime. All of the 238 apps do have the BeiTaAd Plugin code extract, which is an ad-based malware which renders the entire mobile device useless and covers the screen with ads. As the strains of codes have been spotted in these apps, they are flagged red and reported to the Google Play Store team. Security Firm “Lookout” carried out the investigation and found that the apps had malicious code which might render the smartphone useless, and there are nearly 440 million devices at risk.
All of the apps published by Chinese developer CoolTek had the BeiTaAd plugin code extract. Most prominent app amongst the infected apps is TouchPal emoji keyboard, which has more than a million downloads. The Lookout security team has reported the Google Play Store team about the apps, and most of the apps are removed from the Play Store or have updated to the latest version without the BeiTaAd plugin code. With the BeiTaAd plugin, the apps would work fine for a first few days and later start showing the full-screen ads, which the users cannot exit. This renders the entire smartphone useless till the ad is complete or the user restarts the device.