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Sadly, this is the reality we live in today as The New York Times reports that over 250 games on the Google Play Store can do exactly that without you even noticing. This information is being collected to see which shows you are watching as well as which advertisements you are watching. If the user clicks the button to resolve the detected "Fraud SMS Broadcast Vulnerability", then the app will just show a simple animation illustrating that the problem has been 'resolved.' This way, the user will think the app is working and will not be suspicious of it, ' they noted. Data is then, predictably, sold on to advertisers, who ameliorate their targeted ads accordingly.

The software is now found in 250 apps including children's games such as Honey Quest. What's intriguing is that these games can continue to hear ambient noise and derive the commercials you are watching even when your phone is tucked away, and the apps are only running in the background. That may be true, but many people don't bother reading the fine print.

Pool 3D, one of the apps to run the software, attempts to expound its goal, reach and conduct.

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Most notably in the policy, it says hashed audio signatures.

That's not all - the malware also bombards users with relentless advertising.

Cybersecurity company Check Point Software revealed the findings on Friday after discovering the fraudulent apps in November and notifying Google (goog), which promptly removed the software from the Google Play store, said Check Point security researcher Daniel Padon. This included user's Android ID, Mac address, IMSI, details about the OS, model and brand of the device, language, location information, data on other installed apps like Facebook and Google Play and even device specifics such as screen size.

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Apps listening in on you through your microphone is a creepy enough proposition, but to have them spying on your TV habits as well is enough to drive anyone up the wall.

You'll want to make sure you know which apps are using your microphone. "Access to the microphone is only allowed with your consent", the app explains, "and the audio samples do not leave your device but are instead hashed into digital "audio signatures". A lot of parents will find this collection abhorrent as well as weird.

To find out whether collects mobile app data can only be in the settings menu, where to go, not every user.

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