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Lessons From the War on Malicious Mobile Apps

Despite the openness of the Android platform, Google has managed to keep its Play store mainly free of malware and malicious apps. Outside of the marketplace is a different matter.

In 2018, Google saw more attacks on users' privacy, continued to fight against dishonest developers, and focused on detecting the more sophisticated tactics of mobile malware and adware developers, the Internet giant stated in a recent blog post. 

Google's efforts — and those of various security firms — highlight that, despite ongoing success against mobile malware, attackers continue to improve their techniques. Malware developers continue to find news ways to hide functionality in otherwise legitimate-seeming apps. Mobile applications with potentially unwanted functionality, so-called PUAs, and applications that eventually download additional functionality or drop malicious code, known as droppers, are both significant threats, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab.

For Google, the fight against malicious mobile app developers is an unrelenting war to keep bad code off its Google Play app store, the firm said.