And, the sad part about this is that some of the apps that were found to be dangerous are extremely popular apps with millions of downloads.
This definitely raises a few alarms because all of us have some or the other app on our mobile phones that we use on a daily basis.
How did the researchers figure this out? Well, the apps were investigated through neutral networks that allowed the researchers to identify apps with similar icons and partially copied text descriptions of the top 10,000 most popular apps in the Play Store. And, with the help of the 'multi-modal embedding' machine learning process researchers found 49,608 potential counterfeits.
So, even if the apps are on credible stores like Google, they can't be completely trusted.