News emerged today that most apps in the Google Play Store can be reversed engineered and then have malicious code added to them. Hackers are then able to use the popularity of apps to spread their malware.
Mobile security developer SEWORKS recently conducted a market analysis which highlighted the risk within the store. Among the findings, they found 85% of the top 200 free apps on Google Play are vulnerable to being decompiled. 95% of the top 200 free apps could be reverse engineered altogether.
The reverse engineered apps maintain their functionality, however they are also working on behalf of hackers, who can install ransomware, spyware and so on through the manipulated app.
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