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Spoofed BatteryBot Pro App Removed by Google Due to Malicious Features


Google has removed a fake version of BatteryBot Pro from its Play Store after the spoofed app was found to be perpetrating click fraud and ad fraud, among other malicious activities.

BatteryBot Pro is a legitimate app for Android that allows users to monitor the battery level of their devices by referencing a charge level (percent) as an icon in their status bar. The app is available on Google Play Store for USD $2.99.

However, according to Shivang Desai, a security researcher at Zscaler, attackers recently developed a fake version of BatteryBot Pro that they made available for free. This app modified the functionality of its legitimate counterpart and also requested many more permissions than the real BatteryBot Pro.

“Upon installation of the malicious app, it demanded administrative access, which clearly portrays the motive of malware developer to obtain full control access of the victim’s device,” Desai explains in a blog post. “Once the permission is granted, the fake...(continued)
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