A new threat has emerged for smartphone users. It needs to be the most alert to those users who use third party camera apps to click and edit photos. If you are also among these users, now you need to be careful. A survey conducted by Cyber News Researchers has identified 30 such Android camera apps that come with malware (virus) code. These apps not only steal users ‘data, but they also continuously track their location without users’ knowledge. Download on 140 million smartphones
All these apps are available on Google Play Store. Researchers said in their report, ‘These applications collect and sell users’ data. Along with this, they redirect users to fishing websites by showing malicious aids. It is a matter of concern that these apps have been downloaded on 140 crore smartphones worldwide. Some of these apps are quite popular which have been installed more than 300 million times.
Do spying on user
Cyber News reported that 16 of the 30 apps have been developed in Hong Kong. The report also mentions several Chinese developers who work to spread the dangerous Android Trojan (virus). Meitu is one of the most popular developers who violates most of the rules of Google Play Store. The apps prepared by this developer, along with stealing data from users’ smartphones, also activate the microphone and camera.
They make big money by selling data
Other developers mentioned in the report include Coocent, KX Camera Team and Dream Room. Cyber News said that app developers make a lot of money by selling user data to advertisers. According to an estimate, developers tracking the location of millions of users earn up to $ 4000 per month.
Uninstall these apps
Among the apps which have been described as dangerous in the reports are BeautyPlus, BeautyCam, Beauty Camera, Selfie Camera, Beauty Camera Plus, Beauty Camera Plus, Beauty Camera- Selfie Camera & Photo Editor), YouCam Perfect, Sweet Snap, Sweet Selfie Snap, Beauty Camera- Selfie Camera with Photo Editor, Beauty Camera- Beauty Camera- Best Selfie Camera & Photo Editor), B612-Beauty & Filter Camera, Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor (Face Makeup Camera & Beauty Photo Makeup Editor), Sweet Selfie- Selfie Camera & Makeup Photo Editor, Z Beauty Camera, HD Camera Selfie & Beauty Editor (HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera), Candy Camera, Pretty Makeup, Beauty Photo Editor And Selfie Camera (Pretty makeup, Beauty Photo Editor & Selfie Camera), Bestie- Camera360 Beauty Cam, Photo Editor (Photo Editor- Beauty Camera), Photo Editor (Photo Editor- Beauty Camera), Beauty Makeup, Selfie Camera Effects Some apps like Beauty Makeup, Selfie Camera Effects & Photo Editor, Selfie Cam (Selfie Cam- Bestie Makeup Beauty Camera & Filters) Are taken.