Google News users anxious about potentially being impacted by this bug can download Google Datally, the company's data-saving product. In a thread post on September 26, Google News' Community Manager Lisa Wang said that Google was investigating the issue and working on a fix. It goes on to explain how such third-party trackers use first-party mobile applications to link user activity across multiple apps to a single person, along with that person's activity on other devices and elsewhere on the web. The Google Search voice actions started in Android 2.2 Froyo then Google Now in 4.1 Jelly Bean, "OK Google" in 4.4 KitKat and Now on Tap in 6.0 Marshmallow. "This botnet drove traffic to a ring of websites created specifically for this operation and monetized with Google and many third party ad exchanges". "Some are blatant copies of real apps, while a few are much more unsafe as they seed malware and steal data from user accounts".
This a scam first uncovered by Lukas Stefanko in February 2018, but new samples found by cybersecurity researchers at Fortinet Labs are flooding the online app store.
Infecting the Google Play Store right now are a slew of fake crypto mining apps.
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The new Google News also has a revamped design, which is now more material than the older app, and recently it rolled out a new dark theme (though it's not black, just a dark gray, so not exactly made for OLED smartphones). Which is kind of ironic given the current issue with Google News.
According to the report, millions of Android phone owners who downloaded these apps were secretly tracked as they scrolled and clicked inside the apps. Among other things, it will also be able to find and get rid of duplicated files or images that have been stored on your drive, view all your files in one spot, and have them filtered by source. "Many thanks for your patience in the meantime". For some people, these are resulting in some pretty big data overages, and as you can imagine, they are not too happy.
These companies are collecting data relating to a user's age, gender, location, and usage patterns, to name a few.
Mobile operators will also have a keen eye on the findings. Soon after Google brought it's A-game with Material Design in Lollipop. What else would you like to see done to prevent issues like this from happening?
A Google spokesperson told MailOnline: 'We apologise for the inconvenience this issue has caused to our users. Is it as useful as it seems?