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BuzzFeed asserts that the two companies may have made "millions of dollars" as a result of this form of ad-fraud.

"In response, Cheetah Mobile said-" The Company takes the current matter very seriously and is in continuous communication with Google Play to resolve any issues that may arise".

Google is still continuing to investigate the two apps and will take additional action.

Cheetah Mobile, which supplies the successful apps Clean Master, Security Master and Battery Doctor, is now embroiled in a scandal initiated by an investigative report on BuzzFeed News. The outlet says Google's internal investigation found that the apps contained code used for ad fraud techniques. The apps would apparently detect new app installations on a user's device and claim the credit for driving said installations.

The two applications can be put back on the Play Store, after providing Google all evidence of having removed all traces of malicious software. This was done in order to claim a bounty or fee for driving installations. This level of control seems more important now than ever so let's dive into what ...

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The Google spokesperson also added that the rest of the suspicious apps are now under the scanner and if they too are found engaged in such schemes, necessary action will be taken. The Chinese developer suggested that third party SDKs were to blame for any ad fraud, while also saying it would take legal action against Kochava.

Though the two companies can appeal the decision by Google, the two companies are now also been removed from its AdMob mobile advertising network.

Kochava report alleged that seven Cheetah Mobiles apps, including Clean Master, Battery Doctor, and CM Doctor, were found committing this fraud.

You can find the whole list of Google India's Best of 2018 here.

According to Buzzfeed News, both Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech rigged the attribution system, so that app bounties would be transferred to them, even if they did not run the ad, or have another contribution with the installation process. Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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