Malware found in CamScanner Android app2019-08-28 18:29 by Daniela
Tags: malware, CamScanner, Android
Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have revealed that a popular CamScanner PDF creator Android app delivers malware. The free app, CamScanner, converts images you take with your phone into PDF documents. According to Kaspersky Lab, the app itself is safe; the problem deals with a third-party advertising library on CamScanner that secretly installed malware on victims' phones.
The CamScanner app, which is published by Shanghai-based CC Intelligence, has been downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play store since it was first made available in 2010. The report notes that it was a legitimate app with no malicious intentions. Like other applications, the developers displayed ads and offered in-app purchases to make money.
"However, at some point, that changed, and recent versions of the app shipped with an advertising library containing a malicious module," write the researchers.
"The above-described Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.n functions carry out the main task of the malware: to download and launch a payload from malicious servers," a separate post from Kaspersky Lab explained. "As a result, the owners of the module can use an infected device to their benefit in any way they see fit, from showing the victim intrusive advertising to stealing money from their mobile account by charging paid subscriptions."
Meanwhile, Google has removed the app from the Google Play Store. So, to be safe, just uninstall the CamScanner app from your Android device now.
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