A two-year-long study found that 2,040 apps on Google Play Store are harmful in some way. Some require suspicious amount of permissions, while others are straight up malware, reports the University of Sydney and Data61 of CSIRO.
The research included about 1 million apps on Google Play and found a large amount of fake apps without malware but still requiring permissions to access data they have no business with. You may have heard some of the titles – Hill Climb Racing or Temple Run.
To process all 1 million apps, the researchers used neural networks and machine learning. The…