Google has also reorganized the app with a tabbed user interface that includes an Explore section where users are shown new show and episode recommendations related to their interests.
The malware was discovered by researchers from Check Point Software.
Check Point researchers have alleged that 24 of the 56 infected apps are meant for children, such as puzzles or racing games. The rest were innocuous-seeming utility apps like calculators, translators, and cooking apps.
We're hoping Check Point will release a full list of the apps affected and will update this article as soon as we hear more. After, you might want to invest in some sort of mobile security software to prevent this sort of thing from reoccurring.
In case the apps are already available on multiple platforms, Apple mentions that app records can't be merged. The malware obfuscates native code to sneak around Google Play Protect detection. However, despite these measures, the app marketplace often fails to detect malware-ridden apps. Based on data shared by Sensor Tower, first-time Houseparty app downloads last week increased 324% from the week prior; and from March 2 through March 9, first-time app downloads were up 563% week-over-week. "It is hard to check if every single application is safe on the Play Store, so users can not rely on Google Play's security measures alone to ensure their devices are protected", he added.
"Combine that with a relatively simple infection methodology, [and] it all sums up to the learning that Google Play Store can still host malicious apps".
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Diplomats and the crew of worldwide airlines and vessels will still be permitted into the country, according to the statement. It added that there may be even further reductions to inbound and outbound worldwide flights if the pandemic deteriorates.