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Google has banned data theft apps

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Google has removed several apps from its Play Store after the company learned that the apps were collecting users’ personal data, including location, phone number and email address. Google said it regularly takes “appropriate action” against applications that do not comply with its policies. Recently, Google removed six apps infected with the Sharkbot Bank Stealer malware from Google Play. Apps introduced as an antivirus solution were downloaded 15,000 times before being pulled from the store.

The latest batch of more than a dozen apps pulled from the Google Play Store includes a QR code scanner, a weather app and a Muslim prayer app, according to a BBC report. These apps contain allegedly malicious code that tampers with people’s data, the report said, adding that some apps have been downloaded more than 10 million times. “All applications on Google Play must comply with our policies, regardless of the developer. When we determine that an application violates these policies, we take appropriate action, “the BBC quoted a Google spokesperson as saying.

According to Google’s Developer Content Policy, apps that are deceptive, malicious or intend to misuse or misuse any network, device or personal data are strictly prohibited from the Google Play Store. App developers have also been warned that they should be clear about the information they share with users.

The news follows developments where Google has removed six apps from the Play Store. These apps were designed to be introduced as an antivirus solution for Android smartphones. The app was infected with SharkBot Bank Steeler malware and was downloaded 15,000 times. Apps targeting the phone used the geofencing feature to steal users’ login credentials in Italy and the United Kingdom.

Earlier this year, a security firm discovered an app that was stealing users’ financial information on Android smartphones. The app appeared to be an open source application that provides similar functionality. It was infected with a disgusting banking Trojan, and was downloaded more than 10,000 times before it was removed from the Google Play Store.

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