Google effectively attempts to battle malware found on the official Android app store – Google Play. Be that as it may, there is no doubt it could improve its screening procedure in the app approval stage, in this manner preventing the issue instead of looking for a cure. Google rival Apple’s App Store likewise has millions of apps, yet it doesn’t have a significant malware issue, thanks to its stringent approval process. In the most recent damning report regarding the state of Google Play, researchers claim to have discover there are over 2,000 malware-laden apps present on Google Play, which are all copycats of probably the most popular apps out there.
As per a report by Computer World, researchers from the University of Sydney and CSIRO’s Data61 have examined in excess of a million apps on the Google Play Store to discover that there are numerous apps that are fake and malware-laden. The report specifies that while some apps are malware free, they request for dangerous information get to permissions. The report additionally adds that famous games like Temple Run, Hill Climb Racing, and Free Flow are the most ordinarily copied games.
The investigation was finished by the researchers using neural networks, and discovered that there were numerous apps with visually similar icons to 10,000 of the most famous apps on Google Play, and additionally partially plagiarised their text descriptions. Using ‘multi-modal embedding’ machine learning model, analysts have an option to throw up 49,868 potential duplicate apps.
These fake apps were checked if they contain malware using the private API of online malware examination tool, VirusTotal. More than 7,000 of these apps were discovered to contain malware in any case one parameter. At last, using the ‘relaxed threshold’ process, researchers concluded that there are 2,040 high-risk fake apps on the Google Play Store.
Dr Suranga Seneviratne, Co-author, University of Sydney state while talking on the issue that “While Google Play’s prosperity is marked on its adaptability and customizable highlights that enable almost anyone to build an app, there have been a various number of problematic apps that have become lost despite the cracks and have bypassed automated vetting processes. He further included, “Our society is progressively dependent on smartphone technology so it’s significant that we build solutions to rapidly detect and contain malicious apps before influencing a wider population of smartphone users.
The paper detailing these discoveries was displayed in May, and noted that 35% of the 2,040 malware-laden copycat apps found have since been expelled, possibly over consumer complaints.
On Google’s part, the search giant has been continually chipping away at malware detection in apps and anticipating fake using Google Play Protect. The organization additionally uses AI and other AI-based systems to separate the wheat from the chaff, and one expectations that the methods featured by the University of Sydney and CSIRO researchers will help Google prevent the expansion of such obvious and malicious counterfeiting.