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Google removes 103 Android apps from the Play Store with 69 million installs

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Google has removed a whopping 103 apps from Android’s Play Store after they were found bypass security checks, contain adware and descriptions that were deemed to be misleading.

More alarmingly is the amount of installs that these apps had accumulated.

These apps had managed to rack up 69 million installs before they were pulled towards the end of the week, according to CyberNews.


Research into the apps was exposed by CyberNews, who claim that the apps are part of an organised network of developers who were abusing user data including location which is then provided to marketing agencies for thousands of dollars.

New evidence suggests phones and apps are listening in and sending your data to third parties. Credit: Getty
Many of the apps were found to have access to the microphones and cameras of installed devices.

Forbes is reporting that the secretive team of developers is most likely a Chinese network that was cloning popular apps.

Google has previously responded to the removal of apps, saying that “we take reports of security and privacy violations seriously. If we find behaviour that violates our policies, we take action.”

A full list of apps follows. If you have any of these apps, uninstall them as they could pose serious personal data issues.

Daniel Malley

  • Glitch Effect Video, Photo Editor Grainy Effect
  • Mod for Minecraft, Mods For Minecraft Animals 2019
  • Voice Changer, Voice Recorder Editor With Effects
  • Sketch Photo Editor And Pencil Sketch Art
  • Horoscope 2019 With 12 Zodiac Sign Master
Alex Joe

  • Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor
Arrow Frankie

  • Video Editor With Music App, Video Maker Of Photo
  • Call Recorder Automatic, Call Recording 2 Ways
Rusty Mari

  • Screen Recorder With Facecam & Audio, Video Editor
  • Nucie Cam: Beauty Selfie Camera With Photo Editor
Weldon Hazeltine

  • PDF Scanner Camera Scanner: JPG To PDF Converter
  • App Locker Fingerprint, PIN And Gallery Locker
  • Photo Collage Maker And Picture Grid Art Frame
  • Metronome And Tuner For Instrument
  • Relax Sound Sleep Music And Soothing Sounds
Jacinto Macias

  • Cut And Paste Photo Editor With Background Eraser
  • Screen Recorder With Audio And Facecam, Screenshot
  • App Locker With Password Fingerprint, Lock Gallery
  • Video Maker With Music Photos, Video Effects App
  • Photo Collage Maker And Picture Grid, Photo Layout
  • Video Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text
Flavia Sleeman

  • Video Editor With Music And Effects & Video Maker
  • Cut And Paste Photo Editor To Change Background
  • Screen Recorder, Game Recorder With Facecam, Audio
  • JPG To PDF Converter With Camera Scanner To PDF
  • Bubble Level Ruler With Inclinometer Free
Douglas Morace

  • RAR File Extractor And ZIP Opener, ZIP RAR Creator
  • Automatic Call Recorder Incoming And Outgoing App
  • App Locker With Password, Photo Gallery Locker
  • Color Call Screen Themes With Flash On Call
Dulcie Lawing

  • Glitch Effect Video Editor And Vhs Effect Photo
  • Internet Browser Private To Download Videos HD
  • Dual Account Double Space, Multi Account App
  • Alarm Pill Reminder, Medical Reminder And Tracker
  • Pixel Art Color By Number & Sandbox Coloring Game
  • Period Tracker, Menstruation & Ovulation Calendar
Kylian Mbapee

  • Call Screen Themes With Flashlight On Call
  • App Locker Fingerprint & Password, Gallery Locker
ProCam – HD Camera

  • Video Player All Format 2019 With Media Player App
  • Photo Collage Maker And Photo Grid 2019 New
  • Video Editor Of Photos, Video Recorder With Music
  • MP3 Music Player, MP3 Cutter Ringtones Maker
  • Beauty Camera, Makeup Photo Editor And Makeover
  • PIP Photo Editor With PIP Camera Photo Maker 2019
Evan Well

  • School Hairstyles Step By Step, Braiding Hairstyle
  • Pixel Art Color By Number 2019 & Sandbox Coloring
  • Jigsaw Puzzles For Adults And Picture Puzzles
  • Flower Drawing Step By Step With Mandala Coloring
  • Photo Editor With Square Blur Pic, Slim Body
  • Vlog Editor And Video Maker With Music Photos
Samuels Dynamo

  • Battery Charger With Battery Saver And Optimizer
  • Memory Booster And Cleaner With Ram Optimizer
  • Volume Booster and Equalizer, MP3 Music Player
  • Phone Cooler Master And CPU Cooling 2020
Fruit VPN – Better Connect

  • Kiwi VPN Connection For IP Changer, Unblock Sites
Carrie Waters

  • Volume Booster & Sound Enhancer Music Player
  • Cooler Master CPU Cooling, Free Phone Cooler
  • Antivirus Cleaner Mobile Security & App Locker
Antoine Kenyon

  • Internet Speed Test Meter And WiFi Test Speed
  • Perfect VPN Proxy To Unblock Sites With IP Changer
  • Data Saver And Data Manager To Control Data Usage
  • GoFox – Incognito Browser And Private Web Browser
Darry Cowlly

  • Running Tracker With Step Counter And Calories
  • Buttocks Workout: 30 Day Workout & Diet Challenge
Gaspard Aden

  • Automatic Call Recorder Both Sides To Record Calls
  • App Locker With Password Fingerprint, Lock Pattern
Alfred Persen

  • Volume Booster Music Player And Sound Booster
Hwan Seon

  • QR Code Scanner & Barcode Reader, Product Checker
  • Assistive Touch: Easy Touch With Control Center
  • Voice Recorder And Editor With Cut Recorded Audio
Virgilo Malley

  • Video Slideshow With Music And Photos, Video Maker
  • Beauty Camera Makeup Face Selfie, Photo Editor
  • Cut Photo Editor Background Changer, Photo Filters
  • Vintage Camera With Photo Editor Filters & Effect
Hudson Parker

  • Screen Recorder With Facecam & Screenshot Capture
  • Video Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text
  • Makeup Camera and Beauty Makeover Photo Editor
  • Pixel Art Color By Number & Sandbox Coloring Pages
Wilfred Wessner

  • CPU Phone Cooler To Cool Down Phone Temperature
  • UltraShark VPN – Free Proxy Server & Secure VPN
  • Caller Screen Themes With Color Call Flash Screen
Adaline Garraway

  • Video Maker: Video Editor With Music And Slideshow
  • Math Solver With Steps & Graphing Calculator
  • Emoji Keyboard Themes & Color Fancy Keyboard
  • Slow Motion Video Editor & Fast Speed Video Maker
  • Graphing Calculator And Equation Solver Calculator
Armel Bilton

  • App Locker With Password Fingerprint, Photo Locker
  • Video Maker Of Photos & Effects, Slow Motion Video
Lukas Podolskies

  • Video Creator With Music & Video Maker Of Photos
  • Math Solver Camera With Equation Calculator
  • Mods For MCPE, Maps For Minecraft PE Free
  • Automatic Call Recorder Incoming And Outgoing Call
  • Fake Caller With Prank Calling & Call Simulator
  • Builder For Minecraft With Minecraft House
  • 30 Day Challenge Workouts For Women, Weight Loss
Noble Gracious

  • RAR File Extractor And ZIP Opener, File Compressor
  • Screen Recorder With Audio And Facecam & Editor
  • Video Maker: Video Creator With Music And Photos
  • Makeup Photo Editor With Auto Makeup Camera
  • File Transfer To Another Phone And Share Anything
  • Voice Recorder Editor And HD Audio Recording
Source: 7 News.com.au
 

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