Is Google doing a good enough job of policing apps in the official Android app store?
It seems not, judging by the number of bogus apps that continue to be made available for public download from Google Play, exploiting the name and reputation of legitimate games in an attempt to make money for fraudsters.
For instance, take a look (but I suggest you don’t install) the apps made available by an Android app developer called “abbaradon”:
There are some pretty well known games listed there, including “Plants vs Zombies” and “PES 2012” (Pro Evolution Soccer).
The real Android version of “Plants vs Zombies”, developed by Electronic Arts, costs a few dollars, and has had thousands of reviews.
However, Abbaradon’s version is free, and has some fine print tucked away at the end of its description in the Google Play store:
Plants vs. Zombies Free! Please leave only positive feedback. If you have any support questions – please send us email. This is a Amazing puzzle…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.
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