• 17:19 Apr 08, 2020


Beauty Camera Apps on Play Store are sending pornographic content, Indians major target

By: The Mobile Indian network, New Delhi Last updated : February 04, 2019 11:51 am

Many Google Play Beauty Camera programs send the users pornographic content and redirect them into phishing websites to accumulate their pictures

Google is purging its Play Store for malicious apps, but these scammy programs again find their way to the store. Recently, Google removed 29 such apps, a few of which had already been downloaded millions of times. 


These programs are capable of obtaining advertisement configuration servers details for carrying out attacks. Interestingly, a lot of download accounts came from Asia, especially in India, signalling the demographics of the region susceptible to these attacks. 


Based on a Trend Micro report, many Google Play Beauty Camera programs send the users pornographic content and redirects them into phishing websites to accumulate their pictures. 





Apps under Radar
Apps Installs
Pro Camera Beauty 1,000,000+
Cartoon Art Photo 1,000,000+
Emoji Camera 1,000,000+
Artistic effect Filter 500,000+
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+
Art Filter Photo 50,000+
Art Filter Photo Effcts 10,000+
Cartoon Effect 10,000+
Art Effect 10,000+
Photo Editor 5,000+
Wallpapers HD 5,000+
Magic Art Filter Photo Editor 5,000+
Fill Art Photo Editor 1,000+
ArtFlipPhotoEditing 1,000+
Art Filter 1,000+
Cartoon Art Photo 1,000+
Prizma Photo Effect 1,000+
Cartoon Art Photo Filter 100+
Art Filter Photo Editor 100+
Pixture 100+
Art Effect 50+
Photo Art Effect 10+
Cartoon Photo Filter 5+

Source: Trendmicro

These malicious apps make it hard for the user to delete them because they make a shortcut to the programs after being downloaded but hide its icon from the application list. The camera programs use packers that prevents them from being analysed.



Many of these malicious apps take great pains to look as legitimate as possible. Users should always investigate the legitimacy of an app. One useful method of doing this is by checking reviews from other users. If the reviews mention any suspicious behaviour, then it might be a good idea to refrain from downloading the app.


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Tags: play store Malicious apps beauty apps TrendMicro Pro Camera Beauty Cartoon Art Photo Emoji Camera




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