Published: Thu, August 29, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Malware Found in CamScanner Android App With 100+ Million Users

Malware Found in CamScanner Android App With 100+ Million Users

Unfortunately, CamScanner has recently gone rogue as researchers found a hidden Trojan Dropper module within the app that could allow remote attackers to secretly download and install malicious program on users' Android devices without their knowledge. They also stated, "that the developer added an advertising library to it that contains a malicious dropper component".

CamScanner has been downloaded a total of 100,000 million times since it was initially released, and there's probably a good chance that you might have stumbled across the app at some point - or maybe even installed it. This time around, an Android app known as Camscanner is the latest app discovered to be riddled with the offensive malware. Though the malicious code is said to have been removed in the latest version, there still may be some versions of the app that still contain the code.

Android has an uphill battle keeping malware and adware off its Play Store - especially compared with Apple's App Store for iO - because of its open ecosystem.

This malware module is very critical as you can identify a slug in its name called Trojan-Dropper. They also say they'll be taking legal action against AdHub, and promise to be back on Play Store.

However, the problem is with the recent versions of the CamScanner app.

Ironically, or perhaps tragically, the backdoor had been removed from the most recent version of CamScanner before Google kicked the app out of the Play Store, the researchers said.

Most people in the Android community can't easily spot a malware but thank heavens for research firms that tell us what is out there.

Google Play Store is one of the safest platforms to download apps and software from so this might be a major concern for the company. It doesn't perform any malicious functions on its own but is used to download other types of malware, such as those that show intrusive ads, sign-ups for fake subscriptions, or ones that steal banking details.

While that continues to be pretty much a work in progress, the company is on course to guaranteeing the safety of its users whether they get content such as applications and games from the Play Store or not.

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