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Google has withdrawn 29 Android apps from the Play Store for stealing photos and promoting fraud.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:

PackageNameFacilities Camera Beauty1,000,000+ Art Photo1,000,000+
com.lyrebirdstudio.emoji_cameraEmoji Camera1,000,000+ effect Filter500,000+
art.filter.editor.imgeArt Editor100,000+ Camera100,000+
com.selfie.camerapro.proSelfie Camera Pro100,000+ Beauty Camera100,000+ Camera100,000+ Effects for Photo100,000+

Awesome Cartoon Art100,000+
com.photoeditor.artfilterphotoArt Filter Photo50,000+
com.photocorner.artfilter.arteffect.prizmaArt Filter Photo Effcts10,000+
com.picfix.cartoonphotoeffectsCartoon Effect10,000+
com.picsartitude.arteffectArt Effect10,000+
com.csmart.photoframelabPhoto Editor5,000+

Wallpapers HD5,000+


Magic Art Filter Photo Editor5,000+
appworld.fillartphotoeditor.technologyFill Art Photo Editor1,000+
com.artphoto.artfilter.artpiczoneArt Filter1,000+
com.photoeditor.cartoonphotoCartoon Art Photo1,000+
com.photoeditor.prismaeffectsPrizma Photo Effect1,000+
com.cmds.artphotofiltereffectCartoon Art Photo Filter100+
com.latestnewappzone.photoartfiltereditorArt Filter Photo Editor100+
app.pixelworlds.arteffectArt Effect50+


Photo Art Effect10+
com.techbuzz.cartoonfilterCartoon Photo Filter5+

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