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Old 27 September 2019, 20:53   #1
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Google Play Store App out of control...

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/201...ing-up-to-250/

Fleeceware’ Play store apps quietly charging up to $250

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Imagine an Android GIF-making app available on Google Play that automatically charges €214.99 ($253) to continue using it beyond its three-day trial period.

Or how about a completely unremarkable QR code reader app, whose developer thinks that a charge of €104.99 is a fair price to continue using it 72 hours after it was downloaded.

If you think these prices sound far-fetched, we have news – researchers at SophosLabs have discovered at least 15 apps which have been downloaded millions of times between them charging these extraordinary prices under Google’s nose.

The most unexpected part of this discovery? By exploiting a loophole in the Play store licensing regime, this behaviour appears to be legal.
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Old 28 September 2019, 13:14   #2
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Time to fuck Android off and switch to iPhone.
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Old 28 September 2019, 20:04   #3
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Time to fuck Android off and switch to iPhone.
OR like myself, don't own a freaking smart phone

I do have an Android tablet but have never had this issue with needing apps and such like this, I just play Brainium Solitaire on it
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Old 29 September 2019, 02:18   #4
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OR like myself, don't own a freaking smart phone
Exactly, then again I hate those "smart" buggers with a passion.
I still use my trusty old W810 I got second hand years ago.
It does what a phone needs to, the occasional call and text, that's it.
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Old 01 October 2019, 04:16   #5
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The Android market place has ALWAYS felt like a dark damp ally-way to me. Not the kind of place you take your wallet out in.

"It's fine...just enter your credit card details....trust me".

The ONLY thing I've purchased so far is the Amiga ROMS from Cloanto (Amiga Essentials), and I've not entered my CC details for ANY other app, or paypal or anything.

Temped by Horizon Chase though.......

But again, this further tempts me to really consider dumping a full fledged smart phone and just going for something with "buttons".

I'd never go Apple. I prefer to have full access to my own file system thanks Allthough.....the lack of stalking from Apple compared to Google is a big plus imho and has made me think twice recently.

But a dumb phone would achieve the same thing.
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Old 01 October 2019, 04:23   #6
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I've heard of using something like the tech from privacy.com to create virtual CC"s for sites you may want to not provide your CC info for but of course this means having to trust privacy.com with your actual CC details
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I don't get it. How is it possible that an app can request a payment without having to ask for approval first :/ That sounds buggy as all hell.
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Old 01 October 2019, 18:58   #8
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Why should you do the payment if an algorithm can do it for you?!
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Old 25 October 2019, 14:38   #9
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Bit more about this...

https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/24/mi...d-apps-adware/


Millions downloaded dozens of apps from Google Play that were infected with adware.
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You have to turn on the option which ALWAYS ask you for a confirmation (password) before à payment. It also apply to something you buy inside app. (and not only to buy apps.)
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Old 25 October 2019, 15:25   #11
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You have to turn on the option which ALWAYS ask you for a confirmation (password) before à payment. It also apply to something you buy inside app. (and not only to buy apps.)
indeed. In the play store that is Settings -> user controls -> require authentication for purchases, set to for EVERY purchase. You can choose to do biometric authentication to make it easier.

But what I wonder is if the play store is broken enough that malware can bypass that option.
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I don't know if it's broken but I have read recently a news regarding the fact that all options set by the user are subject to the rules of good practice.
Meaning that if an app (meaning the coder of the app) don't want to follow what the user defined, the app can do EVERYTHING. Android is not blocking.
Never coded anything for Android, thus take it as I did : A (non verified) news that I read.
If this option to "require authentication" was set, I think the used being robbed can file a complaint against g@@gle and/or ask for refund directly from g@@gle.
Ok, it may be pain in the ass, but... what else ?
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