Over 500 Android apps with a combined 100 million downloads found to secretly contain spyware

Unbeknown to the app developers, an advertising software kit contained code for stealing data from their products’ users.

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More than 500 Android apps, collectively downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play store, could have been used to secretly distribute spyware to users, thanks to a malicious advertising SDK (software development kit).

Mobile apps — especially free ones — commonly use advertising SDKs to deliver ads to their customers through existing advertising networks, thereby generating revenue.

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