Fleeceware Apps On Mobile App Stores | Avast

Researchers at Avast have discovered a total of 204 fleeceware applications with over a billion downloads and over $400 million in revenue on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The purpose of these applications is to draw users into a free trial to “test” the app, after which they overcharge them through subscriptions which sometimes run as high as $3,432 per year. These applications generally have no unique functionality and are merely conduits for the fleeceware scam. Avast has reported the fleeceware applications to both Apple and Google for review.

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