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TechnologyThese Android apps were clicking on ads behind your back

13:35  29 august  2019
13:35  29 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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View this message in English. Текущий язык просмотра YouTube: Русский. Выбрать другой язык можно в списке ниже. A recent study by eZanga showed over 1,300 Android apps contained one specific malware that makes people's phones view ads and videos without their knowledge.

A notepad app and a fitness app downloaded on more than a million devices has been secretly clicking on ads without people knowing for nearly a year, security researchers found.

These Android apps were clicking on ads behind your back© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Two Android apps downloaded more than 1.5 million times were displaying ads off-screen and clicking on them multiple times. Juan Garzón/CNET

The apps, developed by a company called Idea Master, offered tools to help people lose weight and organize their lives, but were actually popping up ads off-screen and clicking on them multiple times per day, researchers from cybersecurity company Symantec said on Thursday.

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There was a time when ads on Android were big news. Remember Notification Area ads ? Discovered your phone is displaying an unnecessary volume of ads , whether in an app or on the “ Apps where interstitial ads are placed after every user action, including but not limited to clicks On my j7, I suffered for a week of these pos up ads , and without installing an application and without

The apps' developer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Idea Master has since been banned from the Play Store, Google's platform for Android apps, and both apps have been removed.

The apps were "Idea Note: OCR Text Scanner, GTD, Color Notes" and "Beauty Fitness: daily workout, best HIIT coach." More than 1.5 million people downloaded both apps, which were on Google's Play Store as recently as Aug. 23.

These Android apps were clicking on ads behind your back© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The notes app had been downloaded more than a million times and was active as recently as Aug. 23. Alfred Ng / CNET

Android has an uphill battle keeping malware and adware off its Play Store -- especially compared with Apple's App Store for iO -- because of its open ecosystem. You might be able to do more on an Android device, but that freedom also extends to potential hackers. Android's security program has fixed issues with more than 1 million apps in the Play Store in the five years it's been active, but new attackers continue to pop up with different ways of hiding on people's devices.

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The issue with these sorts of things is that the company doesn't want you to make money off of yourself, which money is why you are placing ads on your application in the first place. the specifics you link say "avoid clicking " while also saying "may be suspended." So if you were to click on your

I am making a fitness app . During the rest period of fixed time I am showing ads using AdMob. If a user clicks on the ad then the app opens up browser/playstore.

The ad-fraud taking place on Idea Master's apps went unnoticed for so long because its code was hidden in Android packers typically used for protecting intellectual property, the researchers said.

These Android apps were clicking on ads behind your back© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The fitness app had been downloaded more than 500,000 times before it was removed from the Play Store. Alfred Ng / CNET

Once installed, these apps display the ads outside of the device's display view, and are clicked on automatically, committing ad fraud and draining resources from a person's device. These ads take up battery life and mobile data usage on people's Android devices without a person even being aware of it.

These Android apps were clicking on ads behind your back© CNET

Two Android apps downloaded more than 1.5 million times were displaying ads off-screen and clicking on them multiple times.

Even before researchers discovered the ad fraud, people who downloaded the apps noticed and voiced their concerns in the apps' reviews. A review on the notes app from Aug. 5 said that the app was useful, but it had too many ads and that it was slowing down the device.

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Nevertheless, this is bad practice. You shouldn't exit app when user press back button. If user would wanted to close app He would press home button. A simple way to do this is whenever you call startActivity( ) you call finish() immediately afterwards, removing the old Activity from your back stack.

Once this happened, users were never treated to the game because the app never installed anything remotely similar to the Pokemon GO game. Fake app locked the user's screen, clicked on ads behind their back . If users found this icon and tapped on it, an image would appear on their screen

Another review on the notes app called the ads disruptive and irritating. And those were just the ads that the users saw.

These Android apps were clicking on ads behind your back© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.
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