Facebook accuses Hong Kong developer of malware

10/08/2019

 

The case is the latest in a series of offensives against Chinese companies that are trying to inject malware into apps

 

Problems in China for the most famous social network in the world. Facebook, in fact, sued a Hong Kong-based developer for allegedly implanting malware in Android apps that created fake clicks on social network ads. The case is the latest in a series of offensives against Chinese companies that are trying to inject malware into apps for financial gains.

However, Facebook is not the only American tech giant to have problems. Google, for its part, has banned developers – including its subsidiary Baidu Do Globalfrom its Play Store for similar reasons. Meanwhile, the company excluded CooTek from its advertising platform after it was discovered that the Chinese company was using a malicious plug-in that violated Google’s advertising policies.

 

Both LionMobi and JediMobi have been banned from the Facebook network

 

LionMobi, based in Hong Kong, is allegedly engaged in “click-injection fraud” to generate fake clicks on ads displayed on a smartphone. The Facebook complaint was also presented to Singapore-based developer JediMobi. The American company has also stated that LionMobi has posted malicious app ads on its network, violating the company’s advertising policies.

Facebook has claimed that its cause is “one of the first of its kind” against the practice. Both LionMobi and JediMobi have been banned from the Facebook audience network, which allows advertisers to extend their campaigns on the Internet and in apps.

 

Facebook has attempted to mitigate concerns about privacy issues

 

Technology companies are blocking malicious software that generates fraudulent revenue for app developers. In fact, the practice damages companies like Facebook and Google, which rely on ads to increase revenue.

Facebook has also attempted to mitigate concerns about user privacy concerns that arose after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Last year, however, Google removed several apps developed by Cheetah Mobile for advertising fraud.

 

 

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