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Google remove over 200 apps infected by SimBad adware: Check Point

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All apps accessing Downloads must make use of the system file picker as well.

Each of those named apps had more than five million installs at the time the research was carried out, with Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator having been downloaded more than 10 million times.

Some 200 apps available on the Google Play Store contained risky advertising code that had the potential to force a smartphone to display ads outside the apps, open links to websites and the app store automatically, and download new apps independently.

As well as all the UI changes we've come to expect from a new release, Google says Android Q adds a number of privacy and security features. Developers were tempted to use the platform without knowing its content and once the SimBad-enabled app was installed on any device, the adware automatically connected to command and control servers for further actions.

"We've also seen that users (and developers!) get upset when an app unexpectedly jumps into the foreground and takes over focus". Check Point's findings state that capabilities of SimBad ranged from showing ads to opening a specific URL in the Web browser and exposing users to more malicious apps.

Probably one of the coolest features that will be included in Android Q is the new permissions prompt for accessing location data.

If an app requests overlay permissions, this is the screen you'll see on Android Q (repeatedly, should you sideload).

Google has also decided that Android Q will stop tracking contacts based on the frequency of interaction. Then again, how is a beta going to be smoother than a stable version of Android? It will also randomize the MAC address of the device every time it connects to a new Wi-Fi network.

Technically, that's "Android Q (Go edition)" - brackets and all, I'm not kidding - but it's a ridiculous name and I won't use it. Users will be able to control an application's access to the Photos, Videos, or Audio collections via new permissions. The handset maker recently confirmed that Android Q beta program will have more smartphones this year.

"The updates that you'll receive as a part of this programme are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device". Some security apps couldn't run on Oreo; for those, AV Comparatives used Android 6.01 running on a Nexus 5 instead. "You may also encounter issues restoring a backup".

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