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CamScanner app for Android infected with malware !!

CamScanner app for Android infected with malware !!

The most popular CamScanner app has been deleted by Google from Play Store.
The IT security researchers at Kaspersky have discovered a dangerous malware in the CamScanner app, a popular application for Android devices used by more than 100 million users around the world.

The app is used to create PDF and it is said that the earlier versions of the app did not have any issues. Even now, the app itself may be clean but is carrying some ads, one of which is a malware that can download a trojan, which can get into your device and play havoc. CamScanner has been downloaded on some 100 million Android devices, it is learnt.  

The purpose of the CamScanner app is to turn a smartphone into a portable scanner by allowing users to scan, save,  sync and collaborate on content across smartphones, tablets, and computers. This time however Kaspersky researchers have identified the presence of a malware in the app available on Google Play Store – which is bad news for unsuspecting Android users.

Most students used this app for notes or scanning purposes but now it is found that the malware was previously found preinstalled in cheap Chinese smartphones. As the name indicates, the malware drops/downloads additional malware equipped with capabilities like downloading more pieces of malicious modules.

The main purpose of this malware, according to Kaspersky’s blog post, is to make a profit. To achieve their goal; the malware spams targeted devices with intrusive onscreen advertisements and forces victims to signup for paid subscriptions. This can also allow malware authors to snoop on victim’s activities and steal login credentials for social media and banking apps.

If you have downloaded the app on your smartphone recently, it is advised to remove it asap. Furthermore, scan your device with a reliable anti-virus software regularly, keep automatic updates enabled and only install CamScanner app once the company confirms its official release.

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