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Battle against fake, malicious apps a global fight

Malicious app creators are getting more inventive with their apps.

Published Mon, Mar 17 2014 1:22 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The battle against fake and malicious mobile apps is a global effort, with the United States, Japan, South Korea, and a few other nations dealing with advanced fake apps.

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Researchers from RiskIQ found that malicious apps in the Android Google Play store increased by almost 400 percent from 2011 to 2013.

In Japan, fake business apps are unknowingly installed, then are updated so they are able to steal personal information and user credentials. Drugstore chain Matsumotokiyoshi has had to deal with a fake app, dubbed e! Matsumotokiyoshi, used the company's logo sending users to the company's official website - but the malicious app accepts user payments to place orders, with financial data stolen.

South Korea, where smartphone penetration has reached 70 percent of the population, researchers are finding increasingly advanced fraud tactics used to steal information and frustrate users.

Companies must work to ensure their logos and other corporate information isn't being used by these types of malicious apps.

NEWS SOURCE:the-japan-news.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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