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Google has introduced a program in Singapore to prevent sideloaded apps that abuse Android permissions for financial fraud. These apps are known to intercept one-time passwords received through SMS and notifications. Google will block attempts to install such apps and display a message to the user warning about the risk of identity theft and financial fraud.
"This app can request access to sensitive data. This can increase the risk of identity theft or financial fraud."
Google has collaborated with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore for this program. This initiative is part of Google's Play Protect program, aimed at protecting users from malicious apps. The company has previously introduced real-time scanning protection features to combat malicious apps.
"With this recent enhancement, we're adding real-time scanning at the code-level to Google Play Protect to combat novel malicious apps, regardless of if the app was downloaded from Google Play or elsewhere," said Google spokesperson Scott Westover.