Facebook suits against Android app developers because of engaging in a scheme to hijack people’s phones by malware.
Facebook has arranged a lawsuit today against two android app developers on the basis that they are infecting their users with malware that faked clicks on advertisers.
Both of these android apps developers are part of the Audience Network program. This program lets Facebook’s advertisers host their ads on joining mobile apps where in exchange developers receive a payout per user click. Facebook alleges that many of the Hong Kong-based JediMobi and the Singapore-based LionMobi ad clicks weren’t coming from an actual human.
According to a Facebook statement, developers created simple design apps infected with malware that faked user clicks on the social media platform’s ads. They include apps to clear up phone storage, save battery life, scan for viruses, and a note pad.
Some reviews of users of these apps on the Google Play store indicated that people understood that something was suspect. They realized it before Facebook made a statement.
One user simply mentioned that a negative review they wrote of the app was deleted. Other users protested that the app had unauthorized access to their phone’s lock screen or contacts.
Both iOS and Android platforms always have had problems with adware laced-apps, and neither Apple nor Google have found out how to stop the scam at this point.
Now pursuing legal action against the developers means that Facebook wants to make an example out of this particular adware campaign. The social media giant called the lawsuit “the first of its kind against this practice”.
Trends Micro, a security firm, has identified 29 malicious apps that had officially entered Google Play. Developers advertise these apps as apps to make images beautiful, which Google then removed after discovering important facts about their illegal nature.
In recent years, malware has been surprisingly successful in penetrating Android devices. Their way of working has been to use a Dropper, which can hide their code in these applications. This is how malware and pop-ups are activated when the app is opened after download. It is oddly difficult to detect Droppers because of their codes are hidden in apps.
The reason for the Dropper’s ever-expanding growth is its unprecedented growth and penetration into Android devices. Dropper basically plays the role of a Trojan horse and has a destructive nature. They say the process of tracking these apps is incredibly difficult and complex.
In total, users downloaded 29 malicious apps more than four million times from Google Play. Of these, only 3 have downloaded more than 3 million downloads on Google Play. This is not the first time such apps have appeared on Google Play.
Despite Google’s efforts to remove such apps. Apps that the sheer number of them and the repetition of these events indicate that Google has not stepped up its efforts to combat these issues.
This serious Facebook complaint may lead to more serious action against these scams.
The Silicon Valley said that two (JediMobil and LionMobil), launched malicious apps in the Google Play app store once installed used users’ phones to deceive Facebook’s advertising to be real people clicking on online ads.
Facebook did not state the number of users it believes that they impacted or how much money developers have made from the purported scheme.
It just said in the blog post: ” The developers made apps available on the Google Play store to infect their users’ phones with malware.
The malware created fake clicks on ads, giving the impression that the users had clicked on the ads.”
Now everyone is following Facebook’s complaints process to see whether Facebook has enough power to take effective action against malware and its scams or if it will not be able to counterattack.
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