June 5, 2020

New algorithm discovers hundreds of Android ‘creepware’ apps

By PCMag

New algorithm discovers hundreds of Android 'creepware' apps

Academic researchers from New York University, Cornell Tech, and NortonLifeLock have discovered hundreds of so-called creepware apps available on the Android Play Store, which Google has since removed.

As ZDNet reports, creepware refers to any app that is able to “stalk, harass, defraud, or threaten another person, directly or indirectly,” but isn’t fully-featured enough to class as spyware. In other words, these apps enable abuse, but need to be combined with other apps to be counted as a serious threat, that is, until now.

The researchers explain in …

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