Google has removed two famous camera applications Sun Pro Beauty Camera and Funny Sweet Beauty Selfie Camera from the play store. These applications had over 1.5 million downloads on the Google app store.
The Google Play Store is open to almost any kind of apps, leading to some less legitimate apps. The most recent case is two camera applications. These apps contaminated the smartphone with adware.
Google, the search engine giant that runs the Play Store, recently deleted two camera apps from its app store. According to information provided by the Wandera security team, these apps contained adware. That is, they contained malicious code that attacks the smartphones where they are installed.
Adware allows attackers to make money on affected devices, and while generally considered more of a nuisance than a serious threat, these particular apps had more advanced functionality than regular adware.
These apps, Sun Pro Beauty Camera and Funny Sweet Beauty Selfie Camera, had over 1.5 million downloads on the Google play store.
The Sun Pro Beauty Camera behaved abusively on users’ smartphones. Even though it was uninstalled, it kept projecting full-screen advertising on the device. The only solution was to perform a clean installation of Android, which is highly cumbersome.
As for Funny Sweet Beauty Selfie Camera, although it also contained malicious adware, it was less invasive. It only displayed advertising whenever the user downloaded a photo from the app.
In addition to malicious adware embedded in the application code, it also required excessive permissions on the device.