The Chinese government uncovered 67 virus-infected apps during an official investigation yesterday, reports the South China Morning Post. Out of 50,000 apps surveyed, finding just 60 isn’t particularly catastrophic. Unless you have recently downloaded an app for “Sexy Fan BingBing Wallpaper” and let’s be honest, who hasn’t, your phone is probably safe. But for language learners, indie game enthusiasts, and lottery players, checking out the list here is well worth it.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, these apps ran up phone bills and sent text messages that create software problems on other phones. Others run background software that monitors and collects personal data, which is then sold to third-parties. Android phones were found especially susceptible.
The apps found came from over 30 distributers including well known Wandoujia, Baidu’s 91, and AppChina. Thankfully for our WeChats and our sanity, none of China’s top-ten apps were on the list.
The sweeping investigation is part of the Cyberspace Administration’s attempt to regulate privacy leaks and malware in the huge Chinese market. Though actual regulations are still underway, the administration’s director Lu Wei confirmed that protection from apps that sold personal data was in development.
If the 67-data stealing apps haven’t scared you away from downloading apps from the Chinese market, check out TWOC’s recommendations for the best app for OCR character reader, our Guide to Hookup apps, or simply woo the ladies with this Song Dynasty Poetry app.
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