Android Applicatons Claiming to Clean and Speed up Smartphones Actually Install Malware

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Android apps claiming to enhance the performance of a user’s phone actually contained the ability to download thousands of malware variants, researchers say.

Lurking in the Google Play Store since 2017—collectively downloaded more than 470,000 times—the applications posed as ways to increase device performance by cleaning or deleting files, but in reality covertly infected devices to conduct ad fraud, according to Trend Micro.

Experts from the cybersecurity company said the malicious apps could even attempt to compromise a user’s Facebook and Google login details.