Google sinks more than 200 Android apps infected with SimBad adware

Android Q addresses one of my biggest gripes about Android when it comes to privacy: you can tell an app that it doesn't get to track your location when you're not actually using it. A new report has come out to show that two-thirds of all these apps don't work as advertised - they're all frauds.

"Some of the Android security products in our test blocked so few of the malware samples - in some cases literally none - that they can not reasonably be described as anti-malware apps", AV Comparatives says in a research report.

According to the detailed report, the team at AV-Comparatives chose 138 vendors that are offering popular antivirus apps on Google Play.

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Android adware found its way into as many as 150 million devices - after it was stashed inside a large number of those freaky viral mundane job simulation games, we're told. Google's post dives deeper into the location permission changes in Q, what it may mean for your app, and how to get started with any updates needed. This is not the first incident related to apps which affect Google since the company has faced problems in the past. They would also allow apps for the same reasons.

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The code used to push the ads imitated advertising software which is commonly used by the developers of free apps to monetize their products.

One unexpected twist: AV Comparatives found some anti-virus apps failed to add themselves to their own whitelist, which caused the app to flag itself as being malware. That will allow you to see settings such as internet connectivity, NFC, and audio volume without leaving the app you're in.

It appears that a large number of the apps which were affected are generic simulator games. Others are developed for ad purposes especially the free ones. The hysteria over Android malware is a bit overblown, but it's led to the proliferation of anti-malware apps that promise to keep your phone squeaky clean.

As you'd expect from such a major release, the laundry list of new features, enhancements and fixes is extensive and delves into everything from superficial interface changes to developer tools and APIs that most of us would rarely hear about or even realise existed.

Vanessa Coleman

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