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April 29, 2019
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News

Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News  
Google Removes Dozens of Apps From Major Chinese Android Developer Do Global for Ad Fraud, Concealing Ownership

Google has begun the mass removal of apps from a major Chinese Android developer, DO Global, which is partly owned by internet giant Baidu, after a BuzzFeed investigation revealed it was committing ad fraud and concealing app ownership details from users, with 45 of DO Global’s apps removed from the Google Play store and no longer available for ad inventory for purchase via Google’s AdMob network. DO Global acknowledged and apologized for “irregularities” in its apps, and said it accepts Google’s decision and thanked BuzzFeed for its investigation.

May 20, 2019
Craig Silverman / Buzzfeed News

Craig Silverman / Buzzfeed News  
Chinese Video App VidMate, Which Has Been Downloaded 500,000 Times, Displays Hidden Ads, Secretly Subscribes Users to Paid Services, Drains Mobile Data and Exposes Personal Information, Report

Popular Android application VidMate, which has been downloaded more than half a billion times and is used to download videos from YouTube, WhatsApp, and other platforms, triggers suspicious background activity including displaying hidden ads, secretly subscribing people to paid services, and draining users’ mobile data allowances, according to mobile technology company Upstream. Upstream said that “over a recent period Upstream’s security platform, Secure-D, detected and blocked nearly 130 million suspicious mobile transactions initiated by VidMate.,” with 43 million of the suspicious transactions flagged by coming from devices in Egypt, 27 million from Myanmar, 21 million from Brazil, 10 million from Qatar, and 8 million from South Africa. VidMate is not available in the Google Play Store but is distributed through third-party app stores like CNET or Uptodown. The VidMate app was developed by a subsidiary of UC Web, which is owned by Chinese conglomerate Alibaba, according to publicly available information. According to Upstream, VidMate also collected personal user information, such as International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) or IP address, and transferred these data to servers in Singapore, belonging to Nonolive, a China-based company funded by Alibaba, according to publicly available information.