Google Deletes 22 Apps From Play Store Due To Invalid Clicks

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Google has removed 22 Android app from its Play Store platform due to fraud. The app where deleted after Google found out the applications were generating false clicks on advertising banners. The report says the deleted app uses special technique to deceive advertising systems.

The applications generated these fraudulent click by opening the advertising banners in hidden windows of the browser (0 pixels high x 0 pixels wide) and generated false interactions with them, in order to get as much money as possible. The operation was made independent of the offending applications, so the gains were made even if the app was closed.

The apps are listed below.

  • Sparkle FlashLight
  • Snake Attack
  • Math Solver
  • ShapeSorter
  • Tak A Trip
  • Magnifeye
  • Join Up
  • Zombie Killer
  • Space Rocket
  • Neon Pong
  • Just Flashlight
  • Table Soccer
  • Cliff Diver
  • Box Stack
  • Jelly Slice
  • AK Blackjack
  • Color Tiles
  • Animal Match
  • Roulette Mania
  • HexaFall
  • HexaBlocks
  • PairZap

Reports also revealed that most of the apps pretended to be running on an iOS device, in order to increase revenue. This is due to the high rate of earnings guaranteed by advertising banners on Apple devices.

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