Google’s Android Market is growing very rapidly. There are a ton of applications available in it. But not all of them are actually clean. Google has removed yet another 37 apps from the Android Market. These were sending users’ phone details to third parties. Fan apps have been making their way to the Android Market recently. But some of these apps link to dead sites and force users to share them on Facebook and rate them. So they are gaming the system by forcing people to help them get more downloads.
These fan apps are not harmless by any means. They share OS version, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), and phone number with third parties. As Trend Micro suggests, users of these apps have the option to remove the ads. Google has removed 37 of these apps. But that’s not to say cybercriminals won’t upload them to other sites. Rogue apps and these types of tactics are here to stay as long as mobile apps are popular.