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Tens of thousands of malicious Android apps flooding user devices

June 4, 2020

Tens of thousands of dangerous Android apps are putting mobile users at heightened risk of fraud and cyberattack, a report has claimed.

Mobile security firm Upstream identified over 29,000 malicious Android apps in active use during Q1 2020, double the number logged in the same quarter last year (just over 14,500).

The investigation also showed that almost all (90%) of the ten most malicious apps were – or are still – present on the official Google Play Store. This suggests, according to Upstream, that hackers consistently found ways to dance their way through Google’s vetting system.

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