Popular Ad Library to Start Showing Aggressive Ads

BeiTaAd is used by popular 230 Google Play apps, that have 440 000 000 download over last year
06 June 2019   382

Researchers at Lookout found that the BeiTaAd library, popular among Android application developers, began to display aggressive advertisements. The library worked in 230 applications from the Google Play Store. Over the past year, their total downloaded 440 million users.

Overly aggressive advertising in an application worsens the reputation of its developer. Firstly, it violates the policy of the Play Store, and secondly, annoys users who blame the creators of the application.

As of May 23rd, 2019, the 230+ affected applications on Google Play have either been removed or updated to versions without the BeiTa Plugin.

Kristina Balaam

Security Intelligence Engineer, Lookout

Previously, BeiTaAd helped display unobtrusive ads. In 2019, it somehow changed the policy. Lookout notified Google about the problem, and she contacted the developers.

Developers trusted this library, since its author is the legitimate Chinese company CooTek. You can know this company from the TouchPal app, a custom keyboard that has been installed by more than 100 million users.

This situation put developers' reputation under the thread, due to the fact they haven't even know about such an issue, and users were angry on them.

TIOBE Index June 2019 to be Rolled Out

Java is still on the top, but experts noted fast growth of Python search queries, and they believe it can reach 1st place in 3-4 years
13 June 2019   300

June 2019 TIOBE Index has been released. Analysts noted a sharp increase in the proportion of searches for Python.

This month Python has reached again an all time high in TIOBE index of 8.5%. If Python can keep this pace, it will probably replace C and Java in 3 to 4 years time, thus becoming the most popular programming language of the world. The main reason for this is that software engineering is booming. It attracts lots of newcomers to the field. Java's way of programming is too verbose for beginners. In order to fully understand and run a simple program such as "hello world" in Java you need to have knowledge of classes, static methods and packages. In C this is a bit easier, but then you will be hit in the face with explicit memory management. In Python this is just a one-liner. 


Experts attributed the growing popularity of Python to the fact that now many have hit the development of software. And newcomers prefer Python - succinct and concise. According to analysts, Java for beginners is too verbose, and C sooner or later will force to understand the intricacies of memory management.