60,000 Android Apps Installing Adware for Half a Year
A recent report from cybersecurity researchers at Bitdefender has unveiled a concerning discovery: tens of thousands of Android applications have been silently pushing adware onto devices for months. The researchers identified this issue after implementing an anomaly detection feature in their mobile security solution last month. They found that approximately 60,000 unique apps masqueraded as security, utility, and entertainment applications, while their true purpose was to deliver adware.
These malicious apps were primarily distributed through third-party websites specifically created to propagate harmful software. Notably, none of the identified apps were found on the official Google Play Store. Bitdefender believes that the current count of 60,000 apps is not final and that the actual number of malicious software could be much higher.