A handful of illicit apps were removed and banned from Google’s Play Store after they were determined to be misleading users. According to the security research firm, Trend Micro, more than 120 similar apps are still available on Google’s app store.
In total, eight apps were identified by Google as dangerous. Specifically, users were lured into investing in what they were told to be cloud mining services, according to Business Insider India.
Business Insider cites a report from Trend Micro as a source who said:
“Despite these apps not being associated with cloud-mining operations or having any cryptocurrency-mining features, some of these apps prompt users to pay for increased cryptocurrency-mining capabilities via the apps’ in-app billing systems that range from $14.99 to as high as $189.99.”