AN APP investigation claims to have uncovered a secret network of 27 developers that have created 101 dodgy Android apps.
The accused apps have been installed over 69million times and if you’ve got one on your phone experts advise deleting it.
According to a report from CyberNews, the developers have been working together to copy, move and even steal apps from other developers right under Google’s nose.
Their apps all have two-part Western names and ask for a large number of dangerous permissions when you install them, including camera access.
The apps are said to even look very similar and link to incomplete websites from their Google Play Store pages.
The concern is that the apps could potentially put user data at risk because their privacy policies request user identifying information.
This is said to include information stored on the device, email addresses and billing and shipping information.
All the apps also request access to things that appear unnecessary for their purpose, like turning the microphone on and off, modifying or deleting USB storage and accessing photos and the camera.
We don’t know for sure if all the apps in question are up to no good but the CyberNews investigation implies they’re very suspicious and users should be wary.
Senior researcher at CyberNews, Bernard Meyer, said: “In the best case scenario, these apps may provide users with a very poor user experience, especially when the apps are flooded with ads at every turn.
“In the worst case scenario, these apps can later become vehicles for malicious purposes, including stolen data or other malware.”
CyberNews has estimated that the revenue for these apps could be around $1million (£800,000) a month.
See the list below to check if you have one of the apps in question.
We have reached out to Google for comment.
The apps CyberNews advise you to delete…
- Glitch Effect Video, Photo Editor Grainy Effect
- Mod for Minecraft, Mods For Minecraft Animals 2019
- Voice Changer, Voice Recorder Editor With Effects
- Sketch Photo Editor And Pencil Sketch Art
- Horoscope 2019 With 12 Zodiac Sign Master
- Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor
- Video Editor With Music App, Video Maker Of Photo
- Call Recorder Automatic, Call Recording 2 Ways
- Screen Recorder With Facecam & Audio, Video Editor
- Nucie Cam: Beauty Selfie Camera With Photo Editor
- PDF Scanner Camera Scanner: JPG To PDF Converter
- App Locker Fingerprint, PIN And Gallery Locker
- Photo Collage Maker And Picture Grid Art Frame
- Metronome And Tuner For Instrument
- Relax Sound Sleep Music And Soothing Sounds
- Cut And Paste Photo Editor With Background Eraser
- Screen Recorder With Audio And Facecam, Screenshot
- App Locker With Password Fingerprint, Lock Gallery
- Video Maker With Music Photos, Video Effects App
- Photo Collage Maker And Picture Grid, Photo Layout
- Video Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text
- Video Editor With Music And Effects & Video Maker
- Cut And Paste Photo Editor To Change Background
- Screen Recorder, Game Recorder With Facecam, Audio
- JPG To PDF Converter With Camera Scanner To PDF
- Bubble Level Ruler With Inclinometer Free
- RAR File Extractor And ZIP Opener, ZIP RAR Creator
- Automatic Call Recorder Incoming And Outgoing App
- App Locker With Password, Photo Gallery Locker
- Color Call Screen Themes With Flash On Call
- Glitch Effect Video Editor And Vhs Effect Photo
- Internet Browser Private To Download Videos HD
- Dual Account Double Space, Multi Account App
- Alarm Pill Reminder, Medical Reminder And Tracker
- Pixel Art Color By Number & Sandbox Coloring Game
- Period Tracker, Menstruation & Ovulation Calendar
- Call Screen Themes With Flashlight On Call
- App Locker Fingerprint & Password, Gallery Locker
- Video Player All Format 2019 With Media Player App
- Photo Collage Maker And Photo Grid 2019 New
- Video Editor Of Photos, Video Recorder With Music
- MP3 Music Player, MP3 Cutter Ringtones Maker
- Beauty Camera, Makeup Photo Editor And Makeover
- PIP Photo Editor With PIP Camera Photo Maker 2019
- School Hairstyles Step By Step, Braiding Hairstyle
- Pixel Art Color By Number 2019 & Sandbox Coloring
- Jigsaw Puzzles For Adults And Picture Puzzles
- Flower Drawing Step By Step With Mandala Coloring
- Photo Editor With Square Blur Pic, Slim Body
- Vlog Editor And Video Maker With Music Photos
- Battery Charger With Battery Saver And Optimizer
- Memory Booster And Cleaner With Ram Optimizer
- Volume Booster and Equalizer, MP3 Music Player
- Phone Cooler Master And CPU Cooling 2020
- Kiwi VPN Connection For IP Changer, Unblock Sites
- Volume Booster & Sound Enhancer Music Player
- Cooler Master CPU Cooling, Free Phone Cooler
- Antivirus Cleaner Mobile Security & App Locker
- Internet Speed Test Meter And WiFi Test Speed
- Perfect VPN Proxy To Unblock Sites With IP Changer
- Data Saver And Data Manager To Control Data Usage
- GoFox – Incognito Browser And Private Web Browser
- Running Tracker With Step Counter And Calories
- Buttocks Workout: 30 Day Workout & Diet Challenge
- Automatic Call Recorder Both Sides To Record Calls
- App Locker With Password Fingerprint, Lock Pattern
- Volume Booster Music Player And Sound Booster
- QR Code Scanner & Barcode Reader, Product Checker
- Assistive Touch: Easy Touch With Control Center
- Voice Recorder And Editor With Cut Recorded Audio
- Video Slideshow With Music And Photos, Video Maker
- Beauty Camera Makeup Face Selfie, Photo Editor
- Cut Photo Editor Background Changer, Photo Filters
- Vintage Camera With Photo Editor Filters & Effect
- Screen Recorder With Facecam & Screenshot Capture
- Video Editor, Video Maker With Music Photos & Text
- Makeup Camera and Beauty Makeover Photo Editor
- Pixel Art Color By Number & Sandbox Coloring Pages
- CPU Phone Cooler To Cool Down Phone Temperature
- UltraShark VPN – Free Proxy Server & Secure VPN
- Caller Screen Themes With Color Call Flash Screen
- Video Maker: Video Editor With Music And Slideshow
- Math Solver With Steps & Graphing Calculator
- Emoji Keyboard Themes & Color Fancy Keyboard
- Slow Motion Video Editor & Fast Speed Video Maker
- Graphing Calculator And Equation Solver Calculator
- App Locker With Password Fingerprint, Photo Locker
- Video Maker Of Photos & Effects, Slow Motion Video
- Video Creator With Music & Video Maker Of Photos
- Math Solver Camera With Equation Calculator
- Mods For MCPE, Maps For Minecraft PE Free
- Automatic Call Recorder Incoming And Outgoing Call
- Fake Caller With Prank Calling & Call Simulator
- Builder For Minecraft With Minecraft House
- 30 Day Challenge Workouts For Women, Weight Loss
- RAR File Extractor And ZIP Opener, File Compressor
- Screen Recorder With Audio And Facecam & Editor
- Video Maker: Video Creator With Music And Photos
- Makeup Photo Editor With Auto Makeup Camera
- File Transfer To Another Phone And Share Anything
- Voice Recorder Editor And HD Audio Recording
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