However, according to the Russian company that deals with computer security Kaspersky, the most recent version included a new library of ad that contained a trojan created to install malware on Android devices. However, today's story teaches us that even prominent Android apps, with more than 100 million downloads, can have malicious intent.
Google has kicked out CamScanner from Play Store after being found to be spreading malware. Although Kaspersky notes that the developers of the app have already fixed the issue in the latest update of the app.
Even though CamScanner developers got rid of the malicious code with the latest update, Kaspersky is recommending that existing users uninstall it from their devices, irrespective of which version they're running. Once on a device, the trojan dropper can deliver payloads from a malicious server.
Popular PDF creator app, Cam Scanner is riddled with a malware that can remotely hijack your Android device and steal data stored on it. CamScanner, an Android App with over 100M Downloads found with malicious files.
If in doubt, it is best to delete CamScanner and wait for a new version to be launched and tested by cyber-security researchers, said Matthew Hickey at security firm Hacker House. The app allows users to digitize paper documents, with the app then auto-cropping and enhancing the image quality of the document. These features combined to give the app more than a million installs through the Play Store despite the fairly niche nature of its use.
Apple has a much more stringent app review process, so it catches most malicious apps before they're on the App Store. Unfortunately for users, there's no foolproof way to be aware of such factors, at least not without third-party anti-malware apps and services (like Kaspersky's).
The free version of CamScanner for Android is now not available on Google's Play Store in the UK.
An Android PDF maker with more than 100 million downloads from the official Play Store has been caught silently installing malware on victims' phones.
Intrusive ads may be pesky, according to Kaspersky, but no consumer wants to pay for subscriptions they never signed up for.
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