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Google removes over 500 'spying' apps from Play Store

This came after US-based Lookout discovered over 500 apps that could spread spyware on mobile phones

IANS  |  San Francisco 

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Google has removed over 500 apps that included for teenagers from its on account of a threat.

The decision came after US-based cyber-security firm discovered more than 500 apps that could spread on mobile phones, Fortune reported late on Wednesday.

According to Lookout, the apps used certain software that had the ability to covertly siphon people's personal data on their devices without alerting the app makers.

The impacted apps included for teenagers, weather apps, online radio, photo editing, education, health, fitness and home video camera apps.

The researchers discovered that the 'Igexin' advertising (SDK) embedded in the apps caused these to communicate with outside servers that had earlier spread malware.

The bug in was discovered when an app appeared to be downloading large, encrypted files from those servers.

Many of the developers of the impacted apps were unaware of the security flaws, the report added.

First Published: Wed, August 23 2017. 21:11 IST