Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google has found itself in a bit of a pickle after millions of users downloaded a fake WhatsApp in their devices about a week ago.
The company has received a lot of backlash after it turned out that millions of people had downloaded a fake WhatsApp onto their devices. This highlighted the fact that the company has been unable to keep fraudsters from its platform. Security researchers claim that this is a big problem that they have pointed out for a long time.
It is also not the first time that other fake apps have shown up on Google Play. Some other major apps have previously fallen victim to counterfeit copies. Just a month ago, an ESET security researcher known as Lukas Stefanko sounded the alarm on a fake Instagram app. The fake WhatsApp application has been pulled down but it is believed to be the most successful copycat app in terms of downloads. It is also not the first time that rogue developers have created a fake WhatsApp. A counterfeit version of the app back in 2013 and it contained adware.
“Google has patented tech to improve detection of rogue apps and the fraudsters have found new ways to get their software on the official market, and thereby guarantee better download rates,” stated Sergio de los Santos, from security research firm, Eleven Paths.
Stefanko also expressed concerns about Google failing to take action against rogue developers posting counterfeit apps on Google Play. The developers have also been limiting the malicious functionality of their apps so that they would be detected as legitimate by Google’s Scanning tools.
Los Santos stated that the rogue developers who made the fake WhatsApp have managed to achieve a total of 2 million downloads. The highlight of the false app is the fact that there are security loopholes and security researchers are concerned that rogue developers will continue to take advantage of these loopholes. However, Google will most likely take action especially considering the large number of people that were affected.
Alphabet stock closed the latest trading session on Monday at $1,042.68 after tanking by 0.70 percent from the previous close.