A new threat to smartphone users has emerged. It has to be the most alert for users who use third-party camera apps to click and edit photos. If you are also one of those users, you need to be careful now. A survey by Cyber News Researchers identified 30 of these Android camera apps that contain malicious code (viruses). Not only do these apps steal user data, but they also constantly track their location without users knowing.
All of these apps are available on the Google Play Store. The researchers said in their report, “These apps collect and sell user data.” Additionally, users are redirected to fishing websites by posting malicious helpers. It is of concern that these apps have been downloaded to 140 crore smartphones around the world. Some of these apps are very popular and have been installed over 300 million times.
Cyber News reported that 16 of the 30 apps were developed in Hong Kong. The report also mentions several Chinese developers working to spread the dreaded Android Trojan virus (virus). Meitu is one of the most popular developers breaking most of the rules of the Google Play Store. The applications developed by this developer, as well as the theft of data on users’ smartphones, also activate the microphone and the camera.
They make a lot of money selling data:
Other developers listed in this report include Coocent, KX Camera Team, and Dream Room. Cyber News said app developers make a lot of money selling user data to advertisers. Developers who monitor the position of millions of users are expected to earn up to $ 4,000 per month.
Uninstall these apps:
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