Google's openness and popularity led rogue developers to offer apps downloaded by 50,000 users of its Android operating system for smartphones, Google said yesterday after taking down the 21 malicious apps.
"The apps are particularly insidious because they look just like knockoff versions of already popular apps," says Mashable, which published a list of the 21 apps. "For example, there’s an app called simply “Chess.” The user would download what he’d assume to be a chess game, only to be presented with a very different sort of app."
The apps reportedly feed your user ID and other data to the hackers and create an back door for other malware to be loaded onto your phone.
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