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Google Play removes 13 phoney apps from a single developer for installing malware

But not before the racing games accumulated over half a million downloads
Google Play removes 13 phoney apps from a single developer for installing malware
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Google Play has removed 13 racing games after discovering each was installing malware once downloaded.

The offending apps were discovered last week by security researcher Lukas Stefanko, who revealed the breach via Twitter.

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All 13 games were released by a developer named Luiz O. Pinto and had accumulated over 560,000 installs before removal. Two apps had managed to make their way onto Google Play’s trending apps - despite what Stefanko calls “no legitimate functionality”.

When downloaded and launched, the apps would appear to start up before 'crashing'. In reality, the apps installed malware, before deleting the original app icon from the device’s home screen.

TechCrunch reports that the apps have since been removed by Google for violating store policies.