Google Cleans up Spy Apps from Play Store
Eight apps from the Google Play Store have been deleted in recent days. No malware in sight for once, but rogue apps that had no other purpose than to spy on people against their will. It was Avast who gave the alert and Google preferred to the crackdown and cleans up Spy Apps from Play Store.
Apps that spy on phones aren’t illegal – their use is. To operate, the latter must be installed on the victim’s device with specific settings to follow the person’s movements, record their SMS, their call logs, etc. However, if we can understand the process for a child or a vulnerable person, we must, in any case, ask the authorization of the person who has the phone.
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And as we can imagine, these apps are mainly used to spy on their spouse against their will. Jean takes Jeanne’s phone (or vice versa), installs a spy application that will hide in the meanders of Android storage and record absolutely everything he can. Jean will then know all the activity of his wife who will not suspect anything.
And that is illegal.
Avast in partnership with Google
Google has therefore decided to crack down by removing eight questionable applications from its Google Play Store. According to the Avast report: “These apps are unethical, pose issues for people’s privacy, and should not be on the Google Play Store. They encourage criminal behaviour and can be used by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims ”. It must be said that these apps did not hide their designs with evocative names:
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- Spy Kids Tracker
- Phone Cell Tracker
- Mobile Tracking
- Spy tracker
- SMS Tracker
- Employee Work Spy;
- Family Employee Monitor.
Note that these Russian apps have been downloaded 140,000 times and nothing says that the data recorded by was not diverted to serve other projects. As this spyware is “hidden” on the victim’s phone, it will be necessary to use an antivirus to find them.