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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#2148 A new trend in Android adware: abusing Android plugin frameworks
It is common for legitimate mobile apps to embed advertising SDKs or promote other apps. Showing ads or promoting other apps can generate revenue for legitimate app developers. However, we have recently observed an alarming trend in mobile ads communities where some adware programs in the Google Play store have become more aggressive by abusing the third-party DroidPlugin framework on Android.

In this posting we will outline how Unit 42 researchers have found aggressive adware that abuses the third-party DroidPlugin framework on Android. Our researchers have worked with Google to share our findings and have all apps that were found to violate Google’s terms of service removed from the Google Play store.
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#2149 Soundwaves used to produce fake data from accelerometers
#2148 A new trend in Android adware: abusing Android plugin frameworks
#2147 LastPass bugs allow malicious websites to steal passwords
#2146 Winnti abuses GitHub for C&C communications
#2145 Lithuanian con artist scams two US tech giants out of $100 million
#2144 Chinese crooks use fake cellular telephony towers to spread Android malware
#2143 Hackers: We will remotely wipe iPhones unless Apple pays ransom
#2142 DoubleAgent: 0day code injection and persistence technique
#2141 Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs
#2140 New LLTP ransomware appears to be a rewritten venus locker
#2139 Swearing trojan continues to rage, even after authors’ arrest
#2138 Bitcoin scams: Beware of crooks trying to steal your cryptocurrency with these schemes
#2137 Word document spreads macro malware targeting both Windows and macOS
#2136 New WikiLeaks dump: The CIA built Thunderbolt exploit, implants to target Macs
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