Suppress Application Icon
A malicious application could suppress its icon from being displayed to the user in the application launcher to hide the fact that it is installed, and to make it more difficult for the user to uninstall the application. Hiding the application's icon programmatically does not require any special permissions.
This type of attack technique cannot be easily mitigated with preventive controls since it is based on the abuse of system features.
The user can examine the list of all installed applications, including those with a suppressed icon, in the device settings.
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