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Fake Google Apps Leaked in Windows Phone Store

Fake Google Apps Leaked in Windows Phone StoreSome of the most popular Google mobile apps including Hangouts, Google Maps, Google+, Google Search and Google Voice have been seen recently in the Windows Phone Store retailing at the not-so-bargain price of $1.99, as announced by Windows on

The site says the applications are fake. In the Android and iOS mobile markets, these services are free of charge. Moreover, the developer’s name is misspelled: the valid applications are signed Google Inc, while the new versions are published by Google, Inc.

Designed to empty users’ wallets, fake applications can pose serious security and privacy risks by secretly tracking the user’s location, leaking email addresses or phone logs to third-parties. What’s more, developers can manipulate an Android app’s SDK to implement rogue features to intercept text messages or execute man-in-the-middle attacks.

The apps have been taken down from the Windows Phone Store.

“We removed a series of apps for violating our policies concerning the use of misleading information,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “The apps attempted to misrepresent the identity of the publisher.”

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Alexandra started writing about IT at the dawn of the decade - when an iPad was an eye-injury patch, we were minus Google+ and we all had Jobs. She has since wielded her background in PR and marketing communications to translate binary code to colorful stories that have been known to wear out readers' mouse scrolls. Alexandra is also a social media enthusiast who 'likes' only what she likes and LOLs only when she laughs out loud.

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