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Malicious Android apps use coronavirus to hack user devices

The number of coronavirus-related apps on the Google Play Store has increased significantly over the past few weeks as both legitimate developers and cybercriminals look to cash in on users’ fears surrounding the virus.

By analyzing Android telemetry data, security researchers at Bitdefender have observed a huge spike in applications which contain either the worlds ‘covid’ or ‘corona’ and in total, the firm identified 579 apps that contained coronavirus-related keywords in their manifest. 

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