More than 300 Google Play Store apps are infected with a certain type of malware that continuously requests ads from third-parties and fakes user clicks on those ads.
Because advertisers pay per user click and the malware creates fraudulent impressions, this malware can cost advertisers between $62,000 and $214,000 a day.
For the unsuspecting user, the malware is constantly running, so it drains the power from smartphones. A user who downloads the malware will notice his or her phone running slower and the battery life draining quicker.
Developers whose apps are infected with the malware include Attunable, Classywall, Firamo, FlameryHot, NeonApp, Goopolo, Personalization, Litvinka Co, Liverypapir, Tuneatpa, Waterflo, X Soft and Zheka. Google is working to protect apps sold on the Google Play Store from malware. "Hundreds of Google Play Store apps may be infected with power stealing malware," www.trussvilletribune.com (Jul. 1, 2017).