Thousands of Android apps use phone without your permission: eZanga

CNBC| Mon Aug 28 11:00:21 EDT 2017
That cute cat wallpaper for your Android phone or free photo-editing software app you downloaded may be using your phone without your permission and running up fraudulent ad views, according to a recent report from online marketing firm eZanga. EZanga used its Anura ad fraud protection software to look at one module from a software development kit (otherwise known as an SDK) that hides in apps, then activates to run advertisements and play videos while the user is not on their phone. While the person may be sleeping, the malware chews up bandwidth and battery life. The report estimated the top apps using this SDK module, one of which could have been downloaded up to 1 million times in the Go..

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