CamScanner has seemingly been affected by malware with the trojan module being Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.n. Researchers at Kaspersky have reportedly detected this malware in a supposedly recent international version of CamScanner application (app). With the app having more than 100 million downloads through Google Play, it becomes imminent for the users to exercise caution by using correct anti-malware solutions rather than delete the app itself. Some recent updates of the app have also apparently shipped with malicious modules affecting the advertising library.
Now, Kaspersky researchers also state that the above trojan variant is similar to that on certain pre-installed apps within Chinese mobile phones. The researchers also aim to educate CamScanner users about the signs of malware attacks; this includes advertorials seeking to get users to subscribe to certain modules involving money. The researchers also state that it may not be possible for Google to physically verify authenticity, and the presence of threats, within all of its millions of apps.
At this point in time, Kaspersky’s findings are also said to have resulted in Google taking notice of the infected version of CamScanner and in turn resulting in the app being cleaned (by removing from the Google Play Store by its developers) and subsequently restored. At the time of composing this article, CamScanner was present within Google Play. On our part, we deleted and reinstalled CamScanner and found no traces of the above advertisement malware (adware-malware combination). Even Twitterati seems to have resorted to verification of CamScanner, check out reactions in this regard below:
You should probably uninstall CamScanner from your phone as it is found to be infected with malware. A better alternative is Office Lens from Microsoft.— Amit Agarwal (@labnol) August 28, 2019
Waiting for the day to be told to uninstall Chrome. 🙄 Thanks, Amit.— Josey Puliyenthuruthel John (@JoseyJohn) August 28, 2019
Finally, CamScanner seems to have taken note of this issue. Users of the application could chime in with feedback on the current status (in case the malware was selected). With CamScanner having gone down for a while, were its users searching for “alternatives”. This is worth knowing, at this stage. Always invest in cybersecurity to stay financially healthy.