Google removed 17 apps having over 1 crore downloads used for spying on users

Google has recently removed 17 SpyLoan apps which have over several millions of downloads from the Google Play store. According to a report in ESET, as many as 18 apps has been identified as ‘SpyLoan’ as they were spotted on the Google Play Store over the current year. These lending apps are created with the purpose of spying on the users by collecting some vast amounts of information from their devices.

This information is stolen and thereby used to blackmail the borrowers with repaying a huge sum along with high interest amounts along with cash. The researchers have also shared different details related to the apps which are accordingly used by loan sharks for duping the customers. Mainly, these apps are used to target the customers residing in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

The security company also stated that out of the 18 apps it previously disclosed to Google, the search giant had already removed 17 apps. Although, the last app is still available on the app store because its new version of the app was published in Play Store and the new version does not offer the same feature or functionality the same permissions. Those customers who are the android users need to note that while it is Google which has removed these apps, the users also need to delete them from their phones manually if they had instlled them earlier when the apps were available over Google.

The names of the apps are AA Credit, Amor Cash, GuayabaCash, EasyCredit, Cashwow, CrediBus, FlashLoan, PrestamosCredito, Préstamos De Crédito-YumiCash, Go Credito, Instantáneo Préstamo, Rapido Cedito, Finupp Lending, 4S Cash, TrueNaira, Easy Cash.

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