Thousands of apps have secret backdoors, study finds

What might some Android apps be quietly doing behind the backs of their users?

The answer, according to a succession of studies, is quite a lot, probably more than some users would be comfortable with if they knew about it.

This isn’t necessarily about outright malicious apps so much as legitimate apps taking liberties or installing with capabilities users wouldn’t expect to exist.

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That is pretty much the definition of malware according to Wikipedia:

(…) Programs are also considered malware if they secretly act against the interests of the computer user.

It’s almost insane if you stop to think about it, how people have come to accept and regard as completely normal, what was used to be considered as a computer virus, malware, spyware, etc about 10-15 years ago.


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Please explain this. I have not seen it before. Thanks.

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