Google has recently announced they will require application developers to provide additional identity details to be able to proceed with putting their apps on the Play Store. This comes as no surprise since malicious apps have been flooding the Play Store at increasing rates for quite some time now. With the change in requirements, those registering an account are now required to state whether the account is owned by a person or organization as well as provide a contact name, a physical address, and must verify both their phone number and email address. Although an email address and phone number were required before the changes, they were not being verified. Before being allowed to add apps to the Play Store, Google is also making developers add two-factor authentication requirement to log in to their account. This will reduce the likelihood of threat actors being able to access legitimate developers accounts and use them for malicious activity.
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