Jan 3, 2013

Hacked apps are available on Google Play

We recently received an email from an user about an another app named "RAM Boosts Pro" from publisher "Team Droid" that is apparently identical to Smart RAM Booster Pro. We took 30s to check it out and discovered that it is a hacked version of our Smart RAM Booster Pro. The publisher has just changed the package name (which is used as an identifier on as well as Android OS's package manager). They even haven't changed icon and graphical assets. They set price higher too. Immediately, we try to contact the publisher but no reply since last week.

Screenshot on Chrome from link https://play.google.com/store/search?q=ram+boosts+pro&c=apps&hl=en

We continue to check other apps from this publisher and found most of their apps are hacked version of other apps from  +Google Play. Some are free apps, others are paid apps. We just notify Google and hope they will take an action to ban that publisher soon.

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