This week Trend Micro issued security-related alerts which suggest ‘Beauty Camera’ Apps available on Play Store used to improve users photos might be malicious.
According to Trend Micro, the users are not aware of the problem until they decide to uninstall the app, it creates concealment inside the system which makes it difficult to remove it.
When the users access the app it pushes malicious ads which include fraudulent content and pornography on the user’s browser. The company found a paid online pornography player that was downloaded by clicking the popup. Another thing it noticed was even after the users end up paying for the player nothing will play.
The users are not aware of where the apps are being run on their device. Some of the apps also redirect users to phishing websites which ask for personal information like address and phone numbers. This can be seen from the images below.
In some cases, the app requests users to send the photo to the server for editing and later sends a false request to update the same.
There a number of such apps which Trend Micro has determined as malicious available on Play Store you need to watch out for.
|Malicious Apps On Play Store||Downloads|
|Pro Camera Beauty||1,000,000|
|Cartoon Art Photo||1,000,000|
|Artistic Effect Filter||500,000|
|Selfie Camera Pro||100,000|
|Horizon Beauty Camera||100,000|
|Art Effects for Photo||100,000|
|Awesome Cartoon Art||100,000
|Art Filter Photo||50,000|
|Art Filter Photo Effects||10,000|
|Magic Art Filter Photo Editor||5,000|
|Fill Art Photo Editor||1,000|
|Cartoon Art Photo||1,000|
|Prizma Photo Effect||1,000|
|Cartoon Art Photo Filter||100|
|Art Filter Photo Editor||100|
|Photo Art Effect||10|
|Cartoon Photo Filter||5|
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