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A new malware family, dubbed Tekya, has infected multiple children’s Android apps, farming ad clicks to earn money. Cybersecurity firm Check Point found that the previously undetected malware was present in 56 apps — 24 of them were targeted towards kids — on Google Play Store. The apps were collectively downloaded over a million times. The firm noted that these applications mimicked users’ actions on Android to serve ads from networks such as Google’s AdMob, AppLovin’, Facebook, and Unity. Hackers took advantage of Android’s MotionEvent actions, which record users’ movement through a pen or finger across the screen, to generate clicks. According to security researchers, Tekya’s code wa... Full story

28 March