Google has either removed or updated a massive trove of applications on the Google Play Store that were found having an adware that rendered smartphones unusable, Lookout has said. The cybersecurity company said that it discovered 238 unique applications that with BeiTaPlugin adware. Cumulatively, these applications amount to over 440 million installations. According to Kristina Balaam, Security Intelligence Engineer at Lookout, the plugin forcibly displays ads on the user’s lock screen, triggers video and audio advertisements even while the phone is asleep, and displays out-of-app ads that interfere with a user’s interaction with other applications on their device.

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