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Android apps with 1.5 million downloads stealing user data

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Android customers are being urged to check their phones following the discovery of two apps that are actually spyware, collecting data from more than 1.5 million users.

The fishy apps were found hiding on the Google Play Store, posing as file management applications, according to cybersecurity analysts from leading mobile security company Pradeo.

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The apps, File Manager and File Recovery and Data Recovery, were downloaded more than 1.5 million times and have been sneakily stealing user data.

“They are programmed to launch without users’ interaction, and to silently exfiltrate sensitive users’ data towards various malicious servers based in China,” Pradeo said in a security alert.

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