Google is banning a well-known Chinese developer from its Google Play Store and systematically eradicating dozens of its apps after BuzzFeed and security researchers discovered that the developer was committing advert fraud and abusing user permissions. The Chinese developer DO Global, which is partly owned by Baidu, was accused of being producing pretend advert clicks to gain income, amongst other fraudulent practices.
“We take our duty to protect customers and advertisers critically, and spend money on instruments and resources to battle fraud and abuse globally. We actively examine malicious conduct, and once we discover violations, we take action, including the removing of a developer’s ability to monetize their app with AdMob or publish on Store,” Google stated in a statement.
Google didn’t formally affirm that it’s outright banning DO Global; however, the BuzzFeed’s report is correct.
A minimum of six apps had been discovered by researchers to contain code for pretend advert-clicking that would run within the background even when users kept the app closed. DO Global beforehand had about 100 apps available in the Play Store, a lot of them listed under different developer names, such as “Pic Tools Group.”
Check Point wrote in its research, “In a world, where advert income can generate excessive revenue, it’s not shocking why malicious actors are after fraudulent actions against advert agencies. ‘Follow the money’ is a good rule of thumb when investigating a malicious campaign.” It inspected the apps after BuzzFeed contacted them, and after it published its findings last week, Google took motion.
This isn’t the first time Google needed to discard a batch of apps for violations. In January last year, Google deleted 60 games from the Play Store after Check Point discovered a severe bug contained within the apps that displayed porn advertisements. Most of the games had been geared toward kids.