Google removes 300 Android apps following DDoS attack

September 4, 2017


Google has been forced to remove almost 300 apps from its Play Store after learning that apps were being hijacked for DDoS attacks, an attack that ESET warned its followers on social media about in early August.

The botnet, named WireX, is estimated to have possibly infected close to 70,000 devices before Google took action.

Once they became aware of the attack Google started the process of removing them, “we identified approximately 300 apps associated with the issue, blocked them from the Play Store, and we’re in the process of removing them from all affected devices”, said a Google spokesperson.

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