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MIIT Finds 42 Pieces of Malicious Software on Mobile App Stores in Q2 2017

MIIT, 7/31/17

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has identified 42 pieces of malicious software in Q2 2017 available on 15 mobile app stores, with the Mgyapp app store (not to be confused with Tencent's (0700.HK) Myapp app store) found to have the greatest amount of malicious apps.

Malicious program behaviors included illegal collection of user information, malicious charging of user fees or consumption of users' resources, or bundling or promotion of unrelated software applications.

16 malware apps were discovered on the Mgyapp store, operated by Xinyi Network, while Coolpad's (2369.HK) Coolmart mobile app store, Cheetah Mobile's (NYSE: CMCM) Jinshan Mobile Assistant, Baidu's (Nasdaq: BIDU) Baidu Mobile Assistant, and the Samsung app store were all found to have one malware app each, some of which involved forced bundling of unwanted apps.

Keywords: Mgyapp Samsung malware wireless Baidu MIIT app store Coolmart Coolpad 2369.HK Baidu Mobile Assistant Xinyi Network Jinshan Mobile Assistant Q2 2017 CMCM Cheetah Mobile BIDU mobile security

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