Google Deletes 29 Malicious Photo Apps from Play Store

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Google deletes 29 malicious apps on the Android Play Store that promised to improve user photos by sending malicious device content and redirecting the same users to phishing websites and more. One of the many actions taken by the Mountain View house to reduce the risks related to the installation of apps regularly placed in the official store.

According to the Trend Micro security company, the various photo apps identified – defined as “Beauty Camera” – have achieved considerable success among Android users, collecting millions of downloads over time, especially in countries such as Asia and India.

Among the examples mentioned by Trend Micro, we find the package which, once launched for the first time, will create a shortcut by hiding it from the list of applications and thus making it difficult to detect and uninstall it.

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While unlocking the screen, the source continues, this type of app was able to show malicious and fraudulent full-screen ads (for example, a fake prize contest was mentioned that at the third attempt allowed the user to win by requesting later detailed information), automatically download malicious content and more. None of these apps, of course, had provided any indication as to their true nature in the description on the Play Store.

Further investigations have also allowed identifying a considerable number of apps that, once convinced the user to upload the image to the server to improve the quality through the application of filters, sent a false request for updating in 9 different languages. The same uploaded photos could also be collected by the authors of the app to be used – in all probability – for malicious purposes such as the creation of false profiles on social networks.

Deleted Photo Apps

Below is the list of deleted photo apps. More information and technical details on the official site of Trend Micro in the link in SOURCE.

Package First name installations Pro Camera Beauty 1,000,000+ Cartoon Art Photo 1,000,000+
com.lyrebirdstudio.emoji_camera Emoji Camera 1,000,000+ Artistic effect Filter 500,000+
art.filter.editor.imge Art Editor 100,000+ Beauty Room 100,000+ Selfie Camera Pro 100,000+ Horizon Beauty Camera 100,000+ Super Room 100,000+ Art Effects for Photo 100,000+ Awesome Cartoon Art 100,000+
com.photoeditor.artfilterphoto Art Filter Photo 50,000+
com.photocorner.artfilter.arteffect.prizma Art Filter Photo Effcts 10,000+
com.picfix.cartoonphotoeffects Cartoon Effect 10,000+
com.picsartitude.arteffect Art Effect 10,000+
com.csmart.photoframelab Photo Editor 5,000+ HD Wallpapers 5,000+
com.perfectmakeup.magicartfilter.photoeditor.selfiecamera Magic Art Filter Photo Editor 5,000+ Fill Art Photo Editor 1,000+
com.artflipphotoediting ArtFlipPhotoEditing 1,000+
com.artphoto.artfilter.artpiczone Art Filter 1,000+
com.photoeditor.cartoonphoto Cartoon Art Photo 1,000+
com.photoeditor.prismaeffects Prizma Photo Effect 1,000+
com.cmds.artphotofiltereffect Cartoon Art Photo Filter 100+
com.latestnewappzone.photoartfiltereditor Art Filter Photo Editor 100+
com.livewallpaperstudio.pixture Pixture 100+
app.pixelworlds.arteffect Art Effect 50+
timepassvideostatus.photoarteffect.cartoonpainteffect Photo Art Effect 10+
com.techbuzz.cartoonfilter Cartoon Photo Filter 5+

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