Open-source spyware bypasses Google Play defenses — twice

August 22, 2019

Google Play Store continues to attract sketchy Android apps despite its best efforts to screen incoming apps for malware.

In a new report published by security firm ESET, researchers have discovered the first known instance of an open-source spyware bypassing the internet giant’s app store vetting process — twice.

Radio Balouch — the app in question — is a legitimate radio application serving Balouchi music enthusiasts, except that it also included AhMyth, a remote access espionage tool that has been available on GitHub as an open-source project since late 2017.

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