Additionally, the users were also not made aware that these apps were owned by DO Global, which violates Google's Play Store policy. DO Global recently had around 100 applications in the Play Store, a considerable lot of them listed under other developer names, for example, "Pic Tools Group".
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This "regrettable" finding has meant that Do Global "fully accepts" Google's decision to remove the applications.
Researchers with security and ad fraud firms Check Point and Method Media Intelligence originally told BuzzFeed that they had discovered at least six of DO Global's apps contained code created to fraudulently click on ads (such as its popular Selfie Camera and Total Cleaner apps), which could additionally drain users' batteries and run up data. The apps included Selfie Camera app, Omni Cleaner, RAM Master, Smart Cooler, Total Cleaner, and AIO Flashlight.
In a similar course of action, as many as eight apps by Cheetah Mobile and its subsidiary Kika were kicked out of the Play Store for fostering a similar ad fraud in November 2018 but, have now started repopulating the Play Store.
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With Google I/O starting on May 7 (May 8 local time) now may be the time to start planning your couple of days, although all sessions eventually make their way to the Google Developer's YouTube channel. "We actively investigate malicious behavior, and when we find violations, we take action, including the removal of a developer's ability to monetize their app with AdMob or publish on Play", Google told The Verge in a statement. "We offer our honest apologies".
Check Point wrote in its research, "In reality as we know it, where ad revenue can produce a very high income, it's not surprising why malicious actors are after false practices against ad agencies". The Chinese organization claims to have in excess of 250 million month to month dynamic clients for its applications and the compass of about 800 million clients through its advertisement stage on Android.
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