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The CamScanner app with more than 100 million downloads, removed from Google Play for containing a Trojan

CamScanner for Android

In April of this year, CamScanner, the document scanning app The most famous available on Android, became the center of the controversy for the decisions, the less questionable, taken by its developers, which led to a useful free tool installed on millions of devices around the world, to be a advertising nest and delete your paid version of Google Play to use a subscription model, which was not exactly well received by the user community.

Since then, the project has gone downhill and without brakes… until today, CamScanner has definitely hit bottom. And after Kaspersky researchers discovered that the app contains a trojan in your codeGoogle has decided indefinitely remove the Play Store tool.

CamScanner disappears from Google Play Store: uninstall the app as soon as possible

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Precisely the inclusion of this Trojan has derived from the decision of its developers to flood the advertising app, because as the researchers specify, one of the advertising libraries included in one of the latest versions of the app was infected with malicious code.

Specifically, the module is known as Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.n, which is used to download and install a Trojan Downloader type package, which is finally used to infect the device with other malware, both through intrusive advertising and forcing the user to subscribe to subscription services premium, as the researchers specify:

"As a result, module owners can use an infected device for their benefit in the way they see fit, from showing the victim intrusive advertising to stealing money from their mobile account by charging paid subscriptions."

After notifying Google about it, the application was removed from Play Store immediately, although in Kaspersky they point out that the last version of the application no longer includes the malicious code included in previous editions. For its part, INTSIG, company behind CamScanner, has not ruled on it.

However, it is possible that some devices that have already installed the app for a long time, may be compromised by the threat posed by this Trojan. Therefore, it may not be a bad idea get rid of the app and download one of the many – and good – alternatives that exist on Google Play.

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