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Google Takes Down Harmful App Downloaded over 100 Million Times

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After Kaspersky realized that the app CamScanner had a serious problem, they alerted google who took it off Play Store.

Google took down this widely popular Android Application from its Play Store. This app has had more than 100 million downloads. However, once Kaspersky noticed a huge problem with this app, it reported to google and they took it off their Play Store.

According to developers, the app is meant to help people scan documents and convert them to pdf files that can be shared with others.

However, a closer look and plenty of bad reviews from users has revealed that the app is used for other malicious purposes.

Once Google looked at the app, they discovered an ad library with a malicious dropper component. Previously, another module with similar characteristics has been found in phones manufactured in China.

Google is assuming that the developers collaborated with an advertiser who has malicious intentions in mind. The malicious file dubbed Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.na runs like malware. Its purpose is to download and operate a dangerous payload from unsanctioned servers.

The owner of this malware can gain controlled of an infected phone and obtained private information including stealing cash from your personal account.

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