Researchers think an organized crime gang is running the massive campaigns, prepping for large-scale follow-on attacks on Android users.
Once downloaded, the fake apps hide themselves on the victim’s device and continue to show a full-screen ad every 15 minutes.
The laptop giant will settle a 32-state class-action lawsuit stemming from pre-installing vulnerable ad-targeting software.
An adware-laden phony WhatsApp download has been removed from Google Play and the developer’s account suspended, but not before it was downloaded one million times.
Equifax has temporarily taken down one of its consumer-facing credit report services after the webpage was compromised and serving adware via a phony Flash Player download.