CamScanner, a Photo, and PDF conversion application were removed from the Google Play Store after the discovery of a malware.
Kaspersky researchers have discovered in CamScanner a Trojan-Dropper malware module that can display intrusive ads and subscribe to paid subscriptions.
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CamScanner has been downloaded by more than 100 million people in the Play Store.
Kaspersky researchers found that recent versions of CamScanner for Android included a Trojan-Dropper malware module that can display intrusive ads and allow registered users to subscribe to paid subscriptions.
It was a popular app even I was using it from a long time and I rate it 5star for its features and quality, but really bad news came out and even I was disappointed at this time.
Kaspersky researchers said the CamScanner application was a clean and legitimate application for quite some time. The application posted monetization ads and also allowed in-app purchases.
However, with recent versions of CamScanner, it was discovered that the application came with an ad library that contained a malicious module.
This module, known as Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.n has already been discovered in applications preinstalled on Chinese smartphones.
Kaspersky indicates that the module can extract and execute another malicious module from an encrypted file included in the application’s resources. As the name implies, the malware removed is a downloaded Trojan that downloads more malicious modules.
For example, an application with the Trojan-Dropper module can display intrusive ads and also sign up for paid subscriptions. After Kaspersky reported the malware to Google, the CamScanner application was removed from the Google Play Store.
The report adds that application developers have now removed the malicious code with the latest update, but versions may vary for different devices and some may still contain malware.
At the time of writing this article, the CamScanner application was not in the Play Store, but some older and obsolete versions of the application, such as CamScanner HD and CamScanner (License), are still available and we recommend that you do not.
Do not download them. If CamScanner is already downloaded to your Android device, you must delete it until a corrected version appears in the Play Store. Meanwhile, it seems that the CamScanner iOS app is fine, does not contain malware and is available for download from the App Store.