Google criticised for slow response to malicious crypto apps

Google has been called out for allowing a huge amount of malicious cryptocurrency apps to exist on its Play Store, as it struggles to manage the problem.

Yet another bad copy of app MyEtherWallet has been found on the store by security researcher Lukas Stafanko, reports The Next Web, and is being used to steal private keys and drain funds from users.

Google has been criticised for not acting quickly to remove such apps, often allowing them to remain on the Play Store for multiple days. A similar incident occurred in January (when the app was downloaded 100-500 times), and a malicious version of Poloniex appeared more recently.

As Twitter user @bad_packets puts it: “I’ve seen @myetherwallet phishing sites stay up for months. No excuse for Google Play apps to remain for days however. Slow abuse handling only provides more incentive for apps like this to be published.”

My Ether Wallet responded, saying: “This is NOT US. We have file reports and emailed and reported. Would appreciate the communities assistance in getting these scamtards out of our lives.”

Last month, Apple removed a calendar app that also mined crypto from its store because it was “not efficient” and negatively impacted devices using it.