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App inside Google Play downloaded 100m times delivered clandestine payloads


Google Play is yet again in danger ever-since an app has been discovered which got downloaded 100m times even as it had one malicious component which installed clandestine payloads on contaminated Android-powered mobile phones.


Kaspersky, the discoverer of the app namely CamScanner, describes it as one PDF creator on smart-phones containing "Optical Character Recognition" while had been downloaded over 100m times as it had been shipping one malware laden advertising library.


Security researchers from Kaspersky say the malware is functioned to install a Trojan virus, implying it works to deliver other malicious programs that have a specific objective. Therefore, an installer maybe utilized for dropping malicious programs which capture banking credentials alternatively sign up to generate fake subscriptions alternatively execute phony advertising clicks.


The discoverer of the malicious module were security researchers Anton Kivva along with Igor Golovin from Kaspersky, while they closely examined CamScanner for its inner components after users posted increasing negative reviews during recent months.


Following confirmation of rapid rises in negative reviews in which users normally highlighted something that didn't quite make an app work right, the researchers noticed one advertising library included into it which consisted of one malevolent dropper component. www.bleepingcomputer.com posted this, August 27, 2019.


After further examining the malevolent Trojan Installer, the researchers unearthed the identical component as seen within certain earlier apps already loaded onto Chinese smart-phones.


Google, on getting reported the findings of Kaspersky researchers, promptly cleared its Play Store off the CamScanner application. However, according to the researchers, the app creators apparently eliminated the malware when they updated their CamScanner. Now it requires being taken note of that because CamScanner app's paid edition no longer contains the intermediate advertising library as a result the malicious component too, the app is unaffected while continues as listed on Play.


And thought efforts on Google's part have been increased towards sanitizing its Play Store off potentially harmful apps during recent years as well as incorporating additional malware checks of more stringent nature, the Internet giant strongly advises Android device owners to forever maintain one high-quality antivirus on their phones for the detection and blockage of such malevolent operations.


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