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Coronavirus: Be alert to rogue mobile apps exploiting outbreak

March 26, 2020

Although many legitimate mobile applications designed to help people track and monitor symptoms of the Covid-19 coronavirus are beginning to reach the market, analysis of Android telemetry from Google Play and other third-party marketplaces has revealed that both relatively harmless opportunist developers and malicious cyber criminals have climbed on board the bandwagon.

Bitdefender researchers unearthed huge spikes in application scans containing either ‘covid’ or ‘corona’, from early March 2020, and that the number of scanned applications from the medical category increased by more than 35%. It identified 579 applications that contained coronavirus-related keywords in their manifest.

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