Facebook has taken unprecedented action to defend its interests. Facebook lawyers filed a lawsuit against companies creating malicious applications. All of them have in common that they clicked on links to Facebook ads without the user’s knowledge.
Facebook has prepared a lawsuit because such applications expose advertisers and investors as well as Facebook to losses. The user is convinced that he has downloaded a useful tool, and in fact his smartphone turns into a click generating machine and brings profit only to fraudsters.
Lots of applications cheat on Facebook
There are plenty of such types of malicious applications in the Play store. According to statistics from Lukas Stefanko, a threat analyst at ESET, users only downloaded fake applications over 32 million times last month!
Two companies, one from Singapore and the other from Hong Kong, have created applications that without the users’ knowledge and in an invisible way automatically “clicked” on ads posted on Facebook. Lukas Stefanko claims that shared in the Google store by LionMobi and JediMobi were downloaded more than 217 million times in total, generating a huge income for application developers and advertiser losses.
The accused developers have used a huge user base of their applications, adding at some stage the possibility of automatic clicking on Facebook ads, thus increasing their earnings. Such programs without users’ knowledge generate profits for cyber criminals and drain the battery
- emphasized Lukas Stefanko.
As Stefanko notes, malicious or unwanted applications often contain hidden ads or generate their impressions. This is confirmed by the statistics collected on the number of fake and malicious applications in the Play Store detected in July this year.
The programs, whose operation was based on increasing advertising revenues of their creators (HiddenAd and AdFraud) had the most, in total over 20 million installations. Second place in the disgraceful ranking was applications that extort users’ data and money, urging them to buy fake subscriptions (Subscription scam).
How not to be fooled?
Apps created by LionMobi and JediMobi have been withdrawn from the Play Store, and all advertisers who have suffered losses due to fake programs have been reimbursed by Facebook.
There could be many more such situations. Therefore, pay attention to the applications you install. Those that click on ads without your knowledge are best camouflaged.
With a high probability you can identify such an application yourself. In the settings of your smartphone, see the “Data usage” section. If the application consumes them suspiciously a lot, there is a good chance that the background is downloading more ads.
It’s best to remove such applications immediately.
Remember to install a good anti-virus on android check the list of the best anti-virus on android.
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