In today’s scenario, where increased usage of Smartphones has enhanced the consumption of mobile data, and even Telecom companies are giving their contribution to boost up this trend by providing huge amount of mobile data to their Smartphone users. The users got so busy in enjoying this offering that they didn’t even realize that the data they are using is not getting consumed by them only, but it is getting disappeared unaccountably. Moreover, the battery consumption of their Smartphone is getting increased without their notice.
According to the recent researchers, it has been found that the reason behind this mysterious battery and data consumption is an advertising software which is being installed on android Smartphones. The code which is responsible for this fraud ad operation is known as “DrainerBot”. The way this code works is hidden from the Smartphone users. It simply downloads video ads in gigabytes and play them on Smartphones without user’s knowledge. This research says there are hundreds of android apps, which got downloaded around 10 million times, have been affected by this online fraud. This code can consume almost 10GB of data monthly and user of the Smartphone is being charged unnecessarily.
This is not only affecting android users but digital marketers are also becoming victims of this fraud. The DrainerBot is wasting online marketer’s money by selling ads that are seen by nobody.
Google has taken strict actions against such apps, some of them has been blacklisted, and some are under investigation whereas others are already removed from Google Play Store.
There is a list of things to consider in order to protect your Smartphone from this fraud. It has been also suggested if the Smartphone is not being used heavily but still the battery percentage or mobile data drains quickly and there is frequent app crash in the Smartphone, then the DrainerBot may be at its work.