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NowSecure Vulnerability Scanner Removed from Play Store

December 16, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Sometimes Google will remove apps from the Play Store. Not too long ago, Tasker was pulled but was brought back a few hours later after an issue was resolved. Now it appears that Google has pulled another app, which is the VTS app by NowSecure. The company announced this in a blog post on their website today, and stating,

“The Google Play Team has responded to our appeal stating that the ping_pong.c,futex_exploit_he.ck.c, and ZergRush.java tests are part of what is keeping Android for VTS out of the Google Play app store.”

NowSecure is going to be appealing the removal of VTS from the Play Store, and the company has vowed that once there are updates available, they will let everyone know. As for now, they are continuing to distribute the app through GitHub, so if you want to install it, you can grab it from their GitHub. NowSecure makes all of the code in their app open sourced, so that users can see exactly what the app does and see if there is anything fishy in the app. Now the explanation from Google, at least from what NowSecure is telling us in their blog post, isn’t really helpful. As most of us that aren’t developers, likely have no idea what that even means. So it would be nice to see a proper explanation from Google as to why the app has been removed from the Play Store.

VTS by NowSecure is a pretty nice looking security app, and it essentially searches for vulnerabilities on your smartphone or tablet. And with the number of vulnerabilities going around lately, this is a pretty good app to be checking out. If it does find any vulnerabilities, it will tell you what those vulnerabilities are and all the details involved in that vulnerability.

Obviously, the Google Play Store is still Google’s baby, so it’s not surprising to see them go out and remove apps like this. However, it would definitely be nice to have a clean and cut reason why. So that we don’t see other apps getting removed from the Play Store for similar reasons.