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Another week, another cyber security breach — or that’s what it feels like, at least. One of the more high-profile incidents unfolded in mid-August when over 500 Google Play apps were infected with ad-related malware that may have been used to spy on their users. As reported by PCMag, Lookout Security Intelligence researchers discovered that the apps containing this malicious advertising software development kit (SDK) were downloaded 100 million times. The developers of said apps likely weren’t even aware that their customers’ personal information could have been compromised, Lookout’s team added — and worst of all, it doesn’t sound like the threat of this type of security breach is diminishing anytime soon.
“It is becoming increasingly common for innovative malware authors to attempt to evade detection by submitting innocuous apps to trusted app stores, then at a later time, downloading malicious code from a remote server,” Lookout wrote in its report on the SDK. Kind of makes you want to throw your smartphone away and dig up your old Nokia, doesn’t it? (On the plus side, you’d probably become a bona fide “Snake” guru by the time that phone finally bites the dust.)
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