While Google Play Store is able to prevent malicious applications from being uploaded to the market, Google still fails to prevent cyber criminals from uploading fake apps.
Last Month, Android Police discovered a fake Antivirus app on Google Play going by the name of ‘Virus Shield’ which fooled thousands of users into buying this app.
The story of fake Antivirus apps doesn’t stop there. Today, Experts at Kaspersky have discovered one more fake Antivirus app going by the name of ‘Kaspersky Anti-virus 2014′ on Google Play.
The fake version of Kaspersky was being sold for $4 that does nothing other than displaying the Kaspersky Logo.
Researchers also discovered that few fake apps were being sold at Windows Phone Store. Some of them are ‘Mozilla Mobile’, ‘Kaspersky Mobile’, ‘Avira Antivirus’ and the ‘Virus Shield’ apps.
The fake version of Kaspersky antivirus app for Windows phone pretends to be scanning your device but does nothing.
Few weeks back, when i was searching for TrueCaller app for my Windows phone, i also came across a fake paid Version of TrueCaller and other apps. After i reported to Microsoft, they removed those apps from the store.
Just now, I also found a fake version of COMODO Antivirus for the windows phone which is being sold for $1.49. This fake app was uploaded by cheedella suresh( The name appears to be South Indian name).
As you can see, the developer has also uploaded few other fake apps in Windows phone store. These apps have been uploaded in the recent months(April- May).