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Posted by Security Software Engineers—Bernhard Grill, Megan Ruthven, and Xin Zhao

Google works hard to protect users across a variety of devices and environments. Part of this work involves defending users against Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs), an effort that gives us the opportunity to observe various types of threats targeting our ecosystem. For example, our security teams recently discovered and defended users of our ads and Android systems against a new PHA family we’ve named Chamois.

Chamois is an Android PHA family capable of:
Generating invalid traffic through ad pop ups having deceptive graphics inside the adPerforming artificial app promotion by automatically installing apps in the backgroundPerforming telephony

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