BeiTaAd Adware Hidden in Google Play Apps | Avast

Adware on Google Play gets 440M downloads

An array of 238 apps that have been downloaded a collective total of 440 million times were found to contain “heavily obfuscated adware” known as BeiTaAd, reported Dark Reading, citing the recent findings of security intelligence engineer Kristina Balaam. Responding to a user’s report of strange pop-up ads, Balaam’s team found the adware hidden in almost 240 apps available for download from the Google Play store, all published by the same company — CooTek.

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