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Malware infected apps hit over 3 million Android devices — delete these now

Bad apps infected with malware which subscribe users to premium services without their knowledge have been downloaded over three million times from the Google Play Store.

As reported by BleepingComputer (opens in new tab), a new malware family dubbed ‘Autolycos’ was discovered in eight popular Android apps by security researcher Maxime Ingrao from the cybersecurity firm Evina.

Although Ingrao first found these malicious apps back in June of last year and reported his findings to Google, it took the search giant six months to remove six of the apps in question, and the final two were only taken down recently. 

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