Google Play Store hosts Android apps containing malware that have been downloaded thousands of times / Digital Information World
A new set of malware and adware-filled apps found on the Google Play Store have been downloaded over ten million times.
It’s honestly impossible to escape any sort of encounter with malware these days, given how widespread it is on the internet. Of course, dating doesn’t necessarily mean infection, especially if you’re cautious enough as an individual to impulsively download something without checking comment sections and bot reviews and other information. However, I will take my accusing finger away from users caught in malware attacks. Such attacks, under the guise of legitimate-looking online descriptors, have become increasingly sophisticated over the months.
At this point, the lion’s share of the blame must lie with Google and its Google Play app store. The Play Store continuously puts on a big show of how it introduces a host of policy changes to help improve the quality of apps on the platform, while decreasing occurrences of malware. However, if these recent data compiled by the Dr. Web antivirus team are to be believed, not only is the Play Store rather unsuccessful in its attempts, but it may even cause more harm than good.
For an app to become popular enough to generate millions of downloads, it must have some degree of search engine optimization. To be clear, this means that Google Play’s SEO is so easily manipulated that it has led to not one, but several apps harboring malware to infect corners of the store. It’s clearly Google’s fault, with the company not caring whether or not users are affected by the ineptitude of their own algorithm, as long as the apps continue to get clicks and earn ad revenue. . This is what Google finds important; well, that and of course changing store policies to permanently exploit the income and revenue streams of increasingly cash-strapped indie developers.
This last point is perhaps the reason why these rogue apps are so frustrating. Google has time and again expended its energy on generating profits for itself, a multi-billion megacorporation, even trampling on less-than-privileged individuals in the process. If he has enough energy to execute such people for money, like particularly hungry loan sharks who smell of blood, then he has the energy to change the SEO policies of his own search algorithm, or have better app store filtering policies not only in place, but also taking effect.
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