Dangerous photos. Applications for shooting under Android with multi-million-dollar downloads turned out to be spies and pests

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Three dozen malicious applications in the guise of a harmless “Camera”.
A new batch of spyware and malware has been discovered on the Google Play Store. The thematic resource CyberNews spoke about the discovery of computer security specialists.

Malicious or dangerous code has been detected in three dozen applications for shooting. They illegally collect and sell user data, including its location, load a smartphone with overly intrusive ads, lure it to fake sites, quietly turn on a microphone or camera, and so on.

In total, the number of downloads of these applications amounted to about 1.4 billion. Some of them are very popular and have been installed more than 300 million times. 16 out of 30 applications were developed in Hong Kong. Among them stand out applications Meitu, a well-known developer. As it turned out, his applications also violate many points of the rules from Google, adopted for the safety of users.

These dangerous applications are:

  • BeautyPlus – Easy Photo Editor & Selfie Camera by Meitu, 300,000 downloads
  • Meitu BeautyCam, downloads 10,000,000
  • Beauty Camera – InShot Inc Selfie Camera, downloads 10,000,000
  • Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera ♥ Makeup Photo by Fantastic Photo – Beauty Makeup Pro StudioPhotography, downloads – 1,000,000
  • Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera & Photo Editor by Sweet Selfie Inc., downloads – 500,000
  • Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & Photo Editor by KX Camera Team, downloads – 10,000,000
  • YouCam Perfect – Best Selfie Camera & Photo Editor by Perfect Corp., downloads – 100,000,000
  • Sweet Snap – Beauty Selfie Camera & Face Filter by Sweet Chat & Snap Apps, downloads – 100,000,000
  • Sweet Selfie Snap – Sweet Camera, Beauty Cam Snap by Pro Too Movie Apps Good Develop, 500,000 downloads
  • Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera with Photo Editor by Coocent, downloads – 1,000,000
  • Beauty Camera – Best Selfie Camera & Photo Editor by KX Camera Team, downloads – 5,000,000
  • B612 – Beauty & Filter Camera by SNOW, Inc., downloads – 500,000,000
  • Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor by Alex Joe, downloads – 10,000,000
  • Sweet Selfie – Selfie Camera & Makeup Photo Editor by Sweet Selfie Inc., downloads – 100,000,000
  • Selfie camera – Beauty camera & Makeup camera by PhotoArt Inc., downloads – 1,000,000
  • YouCam Perfect – Best Photo Editor & Selfie Camera by Perfect Corp., downloads – 100,000,000
  • Beauty Camera Makeup Face Selfie, Photo Editor by Virgilo Malley, downloads – 1,000,000
  • Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera by Best App – Top Droid Team, downloads – 500,000
  • Z Beauty Camera by GOMO, downloads – 5,000,000
  • IJoysoft HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera, downloads 5,000,000
  • Candy Camera – selfie, beauty camera, photo editor from JP Brothers, Inc, downloads – 100 million
  • Makeup Camera-Selfie Beauty Filter Photo Editor by Photo Editor Perfect Corp., downloads – 1,000,000
  • Beauty Selfie Plus – Sweet Camera Wonder HD Camera by Sai2D, downloads – 100,000
  • Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & AR Stickers by Dreams Room, downloads – 1,000,000
  • Pretty Makeup, Beauty Photo Editor & Selfie Camera from Photo Editor Perfect Corp., downloads – 10 000 000
  • Beauty Camera Phila AppStore, downloads – 500,000
  • Bestie – Camera360 Beauty Cam by PinGuo Inc., downloads – 10,000,000
  • Photo Editor – Beauty Camera by KX Camera Team, downloads – 100,000
  • Beauty Makeup, Selfie Camera Effects, Photo Editor by Lyrebird Studio, downloads – 5,000,000
  • Selfie cam – bestie makeup beauty camera & filters by Hd wallpapers and backgrounds studio, downloads – 100,000
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