Are These Malicious Google Play Applications Still On Your Smartphone? | Updated June 2019

Posted by Roxane Suau on June 13, 2019

When Google and Apple remove malicious or leaky applications from their stores, people who have them on their smartphone are not notified of their dangerous behaviors. Therefore, millions of users keep them on their devices, exposing all the data they manipulate to identified threats.

 

 

In 2017, Google enhanced Play Protect to reduce the amount of malicious applications on the Play Store. It resulted in the detection and deletion of 700,000 official applications over a year. 

This year, the company’s newly released “Year in review” discloses that 0.04% of application installs from Google Play are potentially harmful. While this percentage may seem small, if you consider the Android app downloads for 2018 (estimated by Sensor Tower at almost 76 billion), it means that in 2018, 30 millions of app installed from Google Play were malicious or leaky.

Despite these reinforced measures, the Pradeo Lab still frequently uncover harmful applications on official stores. Further to the findings, applications are usually quickly deleted from the stores as well as all of their existing traces. A perfect illustration would be for instance “Peel Smart Remote” which was deleted from the Google Play store last week because of its intrusive activities. However, the app still appear on Google search engine, but when clicking on the URL, it can no longer be found.

 

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Through this approach, stores prevent the infection to spread to new users, but they don’t initiate any retroactive actions. This lack of communication has a huge impact, because according to a study conducted by the Pradeo Lab in November 2018, 89% of malicious applications that were deleted from stores are still installed on active devices 6 months after their deletion. A list of mobile applications that Google Play removed in 2019's first semester can be found at the end of this article.

As a security head, preventing the use of these malicious applications by the mobile workforce isn’t easy, because there is no official listing of them. Pradeo Security Mobile Threat Defense solution relies on a behavioral analysis engine to detect and understand every actions performed on mobile devices. Thus, Pradeo Security identifies with precision applications security level and allows organizations to block malwares (identified by stores or not) and behaviors that don’t comply with their company policy.

 


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303 applications removed by Google Play in 2019's first semester:

com.heavy.excavator.simulator.driveandtransport
com.hoverboard.racing.speed.simulator
com.zg.real.tractor.farming.simulator.game
com.ambulancerescue.driving.simulator
com.firetruckemergency.driver
com.heavymountain.bus2018simulator
com.farming.tractor.realharvest.simulator
com.carparking.challenge.parksimulator
com.watersurfing.carstunt.racing.simulator
com.speedboat.jetski.racing.simulator
com.volumen.booster.equalizer
com.ks.prado.Car.parking.race.drive.apps
com.zg.offroad.Oil.tanker.transporter.truck.cargo.simulator
com.hummerlimotaxi.simulator.driving
com.monstertruck.demolition
com.offroad.gold.transport.truck
com.sea.animals.trucktransport.simulator
com.water.surfingrace.motorbike.stunt
com.policechase.thiefpersecution
com.police.plane.transporter.game
com.ambulance.driver.extreme.rescue.simulator
com.hovercraftracer.speedracing.boat
com.cars.transport.truckdriver.simulator
com.motorbike.pizza.delivery.drivesimulator
com.heavy.excavator.stonecutter.simulator
com.bottle.shoot.archery.game
com.offroadbuggy.car.racingsimulator
com.garbagetruck.city.trash.cleaningsimulator
com.tanks.attack.simulator.war.attack
com.dinosaurpark.trainrescue
com.pirateshipboat.racing3d.simulator
com.flyingtaxi.simulator.race
com.jetpackinwater.racersimualtor.danger
com.boostervolumen.amplifiersoundandvolumen
com.farmgames.animal.farming.simulator
com.simulator.offroadjeep.car.racing
com.monstertruck.racing.competition.simulator
com.simulator.tractorfarming.driving
com.simulator.flyingcar.stunt.extremetracks.racing
com.impossible.farming.transport.simulator
com.volumenbooster.equalizerboost
com.mustang.rally.championship.racingsimulator
com.deleted.photo.recovery
com.race.boat.speedy
com.cycle.bike.racing.game
com.write.name.live.wallpaper.hd
com.maginal.unicorn.game
com.grafton.cycle.jungle.rider.race
com.lovecallingapps.lovecaller.Screen
com.city.car.funny.racing.stunt.game.pro
com.citycar.funny.racinggame.stunt.simulator
com.urban.Limo.taxi.simulation.games
com.cg.heavy.tractor.simulator.game
com.campervan.drivingsimulator.caravan
com.globalcoporation.fullscreenincomingcaller.app
com.bootleshoot.sniper
com.mustache.beard.editor
com.volumenbooster.increaservolumen
com.photoeditor.girlfriend.addgirlstophoto.pic
com.tracker.location.number.free.spy
com.garden.editor.app
com.fortunewheel.game
com.farming.transport.tractor.simulator
com.offroad.tractor.transport.drivingsimulator
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