Google Play said that app suspensions increased by 66 percent in 2018 on its platform.
Once downloaded, the fake apps hide themselves on the victim’s device and continue to show a full-screen ad every 15 minutes.
The lawsuit alleges that the Weather Channel app misled users about why it was collecting their (extremely precise) geolocation data.
A research team suggested a new secure-by-design API after discovering design flaws in the way Android apps are verified by password managers.
In a resale scenario, a previous owner could continue to have access to the online account – with all the new owner’s information stored within.
Some mobile apps can take and share screenshots and video of the phones’ app activity without users’ knowledge.