Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Google bans 29 beauty camera apps from Playstore (Read Why)

Google Play Store apps with over 4M downloads found with malware phishing scams Google Nukes 29 Malicious Android Apps Downloaded By Millions That Stole Pics
Katie Ramirez | 05 February, 2019, 07:22

Google has already removed these apps from the Play Store.

An investigation carried out by security researchers at Trend Micro found 29 Android apps listed on the Play Store containing malware or involved in phishing scams. Instead of actually returning edited photos, the developers were able to collect users' photos for other purposes.

Just recently, nearly 29 Malware filled Camera Beauty and Filter Apps found on Play Store.

While these sort of malicious apps usually aren't very popular, the 29 programs in this instance were downloaded 4 million times, with numerous users originating from India. These apps are capable of accessing remote ad configuration servers for carrying out attacks. Other than only downloading popular apps that are known to be legitimate, Trend Micro advises reading through the user reviews to look for any mentions of suspicious behavior.

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The apps used different methods to prevent people discovering their malicious activities, including compression archives (packers) that made them hard to analyze, and remote servers that were "encoded with BASE64 twice in the code". None of the 29 apps give any indication that they are throwing up these ads so it will be hard for the users to identify them. Some of the apps would load up a full-screen advertisement for fraudulent or pornographic content every time a user unlocked the device.

"During our analysis, we found a paid online pornography player that was downloaded when clicking the pop up", the report added. "Take note, however, that nothing will play, even after the user pays and executes the player", notes the blog.

Although numerous downloads were initiated outside Austrlaia - India is one of the main downloaders of these dicey apps - they could be on your device.

And what about the beautified photos, which the apps claimed was the original goal? The app collected the photos uploaded, possibly to use on fake social media accounts. The "U" pattern in the rating is a giveway that the app might not be legitimate.

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