Google downloads 29 Android photo apps for scams

Google has withdrawn 29 Android apps from the Play Store for stealing photos and promoting fraud. Some of them have millions of downloads. See the list if you have downloaded any of them and if so delete it immediately.


Google still faces malicious Android apps that manage to slip out of the Play Store despite improvements has done recently in the security code.

In this case, the company recently withdrew from the Play Store 29 applications for cameras and photos after it became clear that they were intended to promote annoying ads, scams and even steal content. These applications promoted full-screen ads, including pornography, and some of them used phishing scams to steal your personal information under the guise of contests.

Another group of photography applications claimed that it could beautify your photos, but in reality it just stole the photos you were uploading.

According to Trend Micro, applications used multiple aka packers to prevent analysis, as well as deep encryption for remote servers. There is also the possibility that you will find it difficult to delete them.

The problem is that these applications were quite popular before Google removed them. In total, 11 of the applications have been downloaded more than 100.000 times, and three of them more than a million times, which means that the victims are many.

And as we have said before, since Google can not find a way to catch these applications at birth, for every application you download you should watch it and keep in mind for suspicious moves.

The list of malicious Android applications is as follows:

Package Name Facilities Pro Camera Beauty 1,000,000+ Cartoon Art Photo 1,000,000+
com.lyrebirdstudio.emoji_camera Emoji Camera 1,000,000+ Artistic effect Filter 500,000+
art.filter.editor.imge Art Editor 100,000+ Beauty Camera 100,000+ Selfie Camera Pro 100,000+ Horizon Beauty Camera 100,000+ Super Camera 100,000+ Art Effects for Photo 100,000+

Awesome Cartoon Art 100,000+
com.photoeditor.artfilterphoto Art Filter Photo 50,000+
com.photocorner.artfilter.arteffect.prizma Art Filter Photo Effcts 10,000+
com.picfix.cartoonphotoeffects Cartoon Effect 10,000+
com.picsartitude.arteffect Art Effect 10,000+
com.csmart.photoframelab Photo Editor 5,000+

Wallpapers HD 5,000+


Magic Art Filter Photo Editor 5,000+ Fill Art Photo Editor 1,000+
com.artflipphotoediting ArtFlipPhotoEditing 1,000+
com.artphoto.artfilter.artpiczone Art Filter 1,000+
com.photoeditor.cartoonphoto Cartoon Art Photo 1,000+
com.photoeditor.prismaeffects Prizma Photo Effect 1,000+
com.cmds.artphotofiltereffect Cartoon Art Photo Filter 100+
com.latestnewappzone.photoartfiltereditor Art Filter Photo Editor 100+
com.livewallpaperstudio.pixture pixture 100+
app.pixelworlds.arteffect Art Effect 50+


Photo Art Effect 10+
com.techbuzz.cartoonfilter Cartoon Photo Filter 5+

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