Android QR reader malware was downloaded 500k times from Google Play

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Google's team have pulled the malware-ridden apps, and learns of these incidents as it refines its anti-malware scanning tools.

"Lite" Android apps often include less features, but also improved performance, less data usage and in most cases, smaller APK download sizes.

The malware sneaked onto the Google Play store disguised as seven different apps - six QR readers and one "smart compass" - and bypassed security checks by hiding their true intent with a combination of clever coding and delaying the initial burst of malicious activity.

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"The adware part of each app was embedded in what looks at first sight like a standard Android programming library that was itself embedded in the app".

The Google app is set to get custom routines for Google Assistant and although there's no telling when Google will actually add this in, a breakdown of the APK recently revealed some strings of code that display the feature is coming at some point in the near future, it'll just be a matter of when. "As you may have noticed, the link on the app is broken", Spandana/Ramya said.

After the Congress deleted its app, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya, said, "Rahul Gandhi gave a call to #DeleteNaMoApp, but Congress deleted its own App from the App store after they were called out". The revelation comes from SophosLabs' Naked Security, which recently reported that the infected apps had been downloaded more than 500,000 times before being removed from the Google Play Store.

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