A new malware called Viking Horde has started to infect various devices that run on Google’s Android mobile operating system. According to a research team at Check Point, Viking Horde has already attacked a number of mobile apps at the Google Play store, including Viking Jump, Parrot Copter, Memory Booster, Simple 2048, and WiFi Plus.
So what exactly does happen to Android smartphones and tablet devices that are attacked by Viking Horde? For starters, they become a part of a botnet, a network of handsets that hackers can control, specifically in completing particular tasks without the knowledge and consent of the owners of the devices.
Google has published its yearly Android security report for this year. The tech giant first released its annual report last year, and is continuing it in 2016 for the second time ever. The results of the security report are pretty revealing, especially with regards to the co-relation between the level of security you have and where you acquire your mobile apps.
Apparently, Google has decided to change its mind regarding ad blocking mobile apps on its Google Play store. Not a week ago, the tech giant had begun taking out ad blockers from Google Play, including titles such as Adblock Fast. For some apps that did not get banned, Google declined their updates, like what happened to Crystal. But after an appeal was made by Rocketship, the creators of the Adblock Fast, Google appears to have lifted the ban.
Several days ago, Samsung had updated its own browser for mobile devices, the Samsung Internet Browser, by starting to roll out support for ad blocking. This quickly created a sort of domino effect in which various third party developers began to launch their own ad blocking mobile apps that also work with Samsung’s mobile browser. But apparently, these ad blocking apps are now being removed by Google from the Google Play store, with their updates being refused. It looks like the search giant does not like ad blocking software to be included in Google Play as standalone mobile apps.
Android Pay, Google’s second shot at making a mobile payment system, had officially launched a couple of weeks ago. But now, this contactless mode of payment has now been made available in the Google Play Store. This means that users of mobile devices that run on the Android mobile operating system can now easily find Android Pay.
Google is adding a new feature to the Google Play Store which lets users pre-register for soon to be released mobile apps for the Android mobile operating system. In order to pre-register, users need only tap the pre-register icon located on the exact same spot where the install icon usually appears for mobile apps which have already been released.
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