Google removes seven spying apps from the Google Play Store


Security firm Avast’s mobile threat researchers (via SlashGear) found seven “stalker” apps from the Google Play Store. The apps were most likely designed by a Russian developer and spied on their targets. All of the apps were subsequently removed by Google, but not before they had been installed a total of 130,000 times in aggregate. Two of the apps, Spy Tracker, and SMS Tracker, were installed over 50,000 times each.
The apps were made to help users stalk their kids, significant others, employees and others. They tracked the target’s location, collected his/her contacts, …

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