Google boots serial malware writer from Play Store

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Uploads fake anti-virus apps.

A serial malware writer was booted from the Google Play store after uploading fake anti-virus Android applications.

HackMan uploaded a variety of malicious apps  found by Aegislab, including netqinau antivirus, antivirus premium, and free live tv mobi.

The apps were generated by the Appsgeyser platform. 

Credit: Aegislab

The malicious app, Antivirus Free, claimed to detect and cross-reference new installed applications with a database of known malcious applications, and use less than 0.1 per cent of battery power.

Meanwhile, AVG had announced a deal with Android marketplace provider Livewire to scan all apps uploaded to the store using its anti-virus engine.

The AVG Android app would be downloaded when user phones update.

HackMan's malicious installation files were still available on his web site.

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