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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Aggressive ad-displaying Google Play app tricks users into leaving high ratings
ESET researchers have observed an increased number of apps on Google Play using social engineering techniques to boost their ratings, ranging from legitimate apps, through adware to malware.
Among these falsely high-ranking apps, an aggressive ad-displaying trojan was spotted, installed by up to 5,000 users as a tool to download content from YouTube. The app, detected by ESET as Android/Hiddad.BZ, uses a number of deceptive methods to trick users into installing its intrusive ad-displaying component and, at the same time, secure a good rating in the store.