Secure-D, the mobile security platform from Upstream, has launched a new mobile malware centre that reports the suspicious ad fraud Android applications that it detects and blocks around the world. More than 1,500 suspicious Android apps have been listed with 13 billion downloads while ad-fraud estimated to cost $40 billion per year.
The information on the Secure-D Index, allows anyone to find the apps that pose a threat to their privacy and pocket, in one place, for free. Data is openly available to the whole mobile industry, from app developers, ad networks and publishers, to media, advertisers and mobile network operators that all fall prey to mobile ad fraud.
The Secure-D Index includes an aggregated list of Android applications that have been identified as suspicious by Upstream’s security platform. For each app the Secure-D Index centre features pertinent information such as number of downloads, market infection rate and markets where the app is active.
Data is currently available for 17 markets, including the US, Russia, India, Germany, South Africa and Egypt, covering up to 1.3 billion mobile data subscribers. Users can check whether the apps are available on Google Play, have been removed from Google Play, or are distributed through third-party app stores. The developer and a link to the developer’s website are also provided when available.
We believe a crucial part of this fight is awareness, which mobile users and, surprisingly, a large part of the industry lacks. At Upstream, we have been steadily and openly sharing Secure-D’s proprietary findings on suspicious and fraudulent apps in an effort to eliminate digital mobile fraud. The publication of these findings through our Secure-D Index highlights the level of awareness we aim to achieve and the transparency we believe is required to more effectively target the shady practices of threat actors that prey on a whole ecosystem.
Dimitris Maniatis, Head of Secure-D at Upstream