Due to the large number of apps available in Play Store, it doesn’t come off as a surprise when reports break on malicious apps. Recently, a group of researchers from Lookout Security has revealed that over 238 apps on the Play Store at the moment contain BeiTaAd or BeitaPlugin which made affected smartphones nearly unusable.
In case you are wondering, BeiTaAd or BeitaPlugin was developed by the same Chinese company which made TouchPal Keyboard. If you have unintentionally downloaded one of these two versions of the adware, you’ll get a horrendous number of ads which will show up even when you aren’t using the app you downloaded in the first place. As a result, it’s safe to assume that these ads take out your smartphone’s resources which could be put into better use.
However, Google isn’t particularly to be blamed for the latest fiasco. The Company behind the adware, CookTek has gone at great lengths to cover their tracks. In order to hide its existence from Google, the company utilized methods such as renaming files to hide these plugin’s existence in the first place. Moreover, the company constantly developing and modifying the plugin to avoid detection.
As of now, the LookOut reveals that the affected apps have been downloaded over 400 million times worldwide which should worry Google about its policy regarding the Play Store.