Google removed certain apps from the Google Play Store for safety concerns. Now a new ones keep popping up. There is the latest join the list is a keyboard app that can steal all your money! According to the researchers at mobile technology firm Upstream, a popular keyboard app called the ai.type keyboard. can steal its users.
This app has been found to subscribe to users to premium third-party services without notifying in the background, researchers state that. This means that the app has been making unauthorised transactions in the background and duping people of money. The researchers claim to have identified 14 million such requests and have blocked with their Secure-D platform.
Possibly, these requests came from just 110,000 devices that were under the scrutiny. Google had already removed this app from its Google Play Store in June 2019, but it continues to find its way to smartphones. This app is still available to download on various third-party app stores on Android and various website. It has been even installed on millions of smartphones.
The app started conducting more malicious activities after being blocked by Google and there has been a massive spike in requests for malicious transactions since then. The app is also giving away user data such as clicks on website and purchase details to advertising networks.
Users are paying for these hidden and unauthorised purchases and related data consumption whose source is buried in the app. If you are one of those who are using this app then uninstall it soon. This app can rob you.