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This Google Play Pass app with over 10 million installs has been outed as malware

This Google Play Pass app with over 10 million installs has been outed as malware

Google's reign over the Play Store often feels arbitrary, with legitimate apps disappearing for bogus reasons like out-of-context words or images while malware is striving. Another case has surfaced of an app turning into malware right under Play Protect's nose, and this time, the perpetrator is a Play Pass app with over 10 million installs: The generically named Barcode Scanner app. It has been removed since its discovery, but the developer's account remains active and offers other applications.

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Now We're Talking - Google's Latest Follow-up To The License Verification Fiasco Showcases 4 Methods To Make Pirates' Jobs Much Harder

Now We're Talking - Google's Latest Follow-up To The License Verification Fiasco Showcases 4 Methods To Make Pirates' Jobs Much Harder

Update: Tim Bray responded in our comments letting us know Trevor Johns, a hands-on guy in the Android back-rooms, was the author of the post.
After we blew the faults behind Google's License Verification Library out of the water last week, Google's Tim Bray promised us some tips for protecting our applications against piracy, and in the latest post at Google's official Android blog he delivered them. Tim's article is loaded with easy to follow sample code, and advice that just makes sense. Mr. Bray covers several protection methods including:
  • obfuscation,
  • customizing the Licensing Library,
  • making your application tamper resistant (with a code sample that is nearly identical to what I published a week ago),
  • and using a secondary server for added protection.
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