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Because of “WireX”, Google deletes 300 apps from the Play Store

Because of “WireX”, Google deletes 300 apps from the Play Store
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Google has deleted about 300 infected apps from the Android Play Store, which were the basis for the Botnet “WireX”. This had done DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks using the compromised devices. This blow was made against criminal activities thanks to the cooperation of several IT sector sizes with security experts. The case, however, also underlines that Google’s official Android market place is not as secure as the Group would have liked.

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The Botnet WireX was first noticed by safety researchers at the beginning of August and quickly grew by the middle of the month. At peak times more than 100,000 infected devices were involved in the attacks carried out. The fact that the Android-Botnet WireX relatively quickly became so large, probably due to the fact that the associated pest had also reached the Play Store.

“We’ve identified around 300 apps that are connected to the problem, blocked them from the Play Store, and are about to remove them from all affected devices,” Google said.

The relatively speedy process against WireX and the associated apps was only possible due to a wide cooperation of companies. The two major content delivery providers Akamai and Cloudflare have observed conspicuousness and worked together with security specialists such as Flashpoint and RiskIQ for the analysis.

This has shown that the Botnet malware is also highly sold through the official Play Store. There were apparently harmless apps from different areas such as a media player or a ringtone app contaminated.

For Google, WireX is unpleasant in that the example once again shows that the official Android market is not as well protected against malware as the group would like. Google uses, among other things, its own anti-virus scanner called Bouncer, to keep pests out of the Play Store. However, Google appears to be more likely to have to fight, but contaminated apps their way into the official Android Marketplace, than that Apple and its App Store for iOS devices is the case

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