CamScanner responds after Google removes app from Play Retailer as a consequence of Trojan Dropper malware scare

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CamScanner, a doc scanning app, reportedly contained malware and was eliminated by Google from the Play Retailer.

CamScanner has now issued a press release explaining what occurred and why the app is now not out there on the Google Play Retailer.

The CamScanner app was reportedly harbouring a Trojan malware, which the app builders say was apparently offered by a third-party referred to as AdHub and

Replace: CamScanner has acknowledged {that a} malicious module was current within the commercial SDK of CamScanner Model 5.11.7. The SDK was apparently offered by a third-party referred to as AdHub and was producing unauthorised advert clicks. The corporate claims that it’s going to take speedy authorized motion in opposition to Adhub since injection of any suspicious code violates the corporate’s safety coverage. Moreover, no proof of any doc leaks has been discovered after ’rounds of safety checks.’ CamScanner has apparently eliminated all of the advert SDKs that aren’t licensed by Google Play and is releasing a brand new model that may be presently downloaded from the corporate’s web site.

There’s likelihood that you understand in regards to the CamScanner app, which is out there on each Android and iOS. The ‘Telephone PDF Creator’ or ‘Scanner to Scan PDFs’ app had over 100 million downloads, earlier than being booted from the Google Play Retailer. Researchers at Kaspersky Labs discovered a malware within the current variations of the favored OCR (optical character recognition) app. It was apparently harbouring an promoting library containing a malicious module that the Kaspersky researchers recognized as ‘Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.n.’  As per the report, this explicit malware module was beforehand noticed in just a few apps that got here preinstalled on some Chinese language smartphones. 

The malware module was noticed solely on the Android model of the app and it looks as if its iOS model continues to be out there on the App Retailer, most likely due to Apple’s strict app vetting insurance policies. Because the Kaspersky weblog notes, CamScanner was a fairly good app that supplied notable performance. Whereas it displayed adverts for producing income, there have been choices for in-app purchases and shopping for a License individually for eliminating adverts. Nevertheless, the Trojan Dropper module discovered throughout the app is alleged to extract and run one other malicious module from an encrypted file included within the app’s sources. 

An outline of how the CamScanner app works

“This “dropped” malware, in flip, is a Trojan Downloader that downloads extra malicious modules relying on what its creators are as much as for the time being. For instance, an app with this malicious code could present intrusive adverts and signal customers up for paid subscriptions,” the Kaspersky weblog states. We checked to search out that the CamScanner app has been faraway from the Google Play Retailer. Nevertheless, Kaspersky stories that the app’s builders eliminated the malicious code with the newest replace. Nevertheless, because the apps’ model varies for various gadgets, it is strongly recommended that one uninstalls it as their system may need an older model of that app that incorporates the Trojan Dropper malware module. 

That is not the primary time an app has slipped previous via the Google Play Retailer’s app vetting course of. Whereas it will also be tough to maintain up with hundreds of apps and their updates which are being launched on the platform, Google must step up its recreation if it desires to guarantee customers that the Play Retailer is the most secure place to obtain Android apps from. 

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