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Up to 600 million users will be at risk of receiving unauthorized payments because of a series of apps from the Play Store

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Google Play, the official Android app store, does not cease its efforts to incorporate news, such as the possibility of allow banks to offer checking accounts on the platform in the near future or automatic video playback. However, if there is something that stands out for the store it is for its large number of applications, and now it has been discovered that even 600 million users will be at risk of receiving unauthorized payments because of a series of apps from the Play Store.

An investigation carried out by Sophos has revealed that a new set of Applications fleeceware -term that refers to a new type of financial fraud in Google Play- that seem to have been downloaded and installed by more than 600 million users of Android. This is a series of apps that abuse the ability of apps to run trial periods before a payment is charged to the user's account.

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Many developers interpret that when a user registers in a trial period of an app and uninstalls it, the trial period is canceled and they don't meet the charge. However, the source has discovered that some Android application developers they did not cancel the trial period once the application was uninstalled and they did not receive a specific request from the user. Sophos has long detected 24 apps that charged fees between $ 100 and $ 240 per year, such as QR code readers.

Discover new applications fleeceware in Play Store

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In a new Sophos report, the company has confirmed that it has discovered another set of Android applications "fleeceware" who have continued abusing the application testing mechanism to impose charges on users after these will uninstall an app. Applications that, according to the report, were installed by more than 600 million users.

Jagadeesh Chandraiah, Sophos mobile malware analyst, has said he suspects that these applications may have used payment services for third party installation to increase installation counts and then buy fake five-star critics, thereby attracting more users. It should be noted that it is likely that Not all users who installed these applications sign up for a trial period, but those who have done so should check their Play Store payment history.