Google has eliminated seven applications made to track people through GPS from the Play Store. The applications had to be installed on the device of the victim. Google took action after a report from a security company.
They are applications with names like Spy Tracker, SMS Tracker, Phone Tracker, Spy Kids Tracker and Employee Work Spy. The Avast security company asks them to pursue applications and that they are probably all from the same developer. The applications were aimed at following children, employees or partners and the seven applications were installed 130,000 times together. With the applications the location, contacts and read the text and history of calls could be followed.
The applications did not make any effort to disguise what they were destined for. The descriptions indicate that they are intended for parents to see what their children are doing or that employers keep an eye on employees. Applications must be installed on the device of the person to follow. Location data is sent. The applications also provide instructions to hide the installation, so that the victim does not recognize anything.
Avast says he has discovered four of the applications on Tuesday and transmitted them to Google. Three other applications were discovered on Wednesdays. They've eliminated seven Play Store apps.