Google keeps radio silence as botnets flood Play Store with fake reviews

Google is facing an incessant stream of attacks from a massive network of bots, spewing thousands of fake five-star reviews on the Play Store – and it seems the botnet is growing bigger and smarter each day. The bot barrage initially came to light following reports from two weeks ago that WhatsApp had suddenly amassed a large batch of evidently fake five-star ratings. Upon further investigation, TNW discovered many other popular apps, including Chrome, Gmail and Messenger, also got hit with spammy reviews. One trait the fake reviews share is that all of them contain game-related references – even when the apps where…

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