These four VPN Android apps are made by developers based out of China and are found guilty of pushing countless fraud ads on smartphones. On the other hand, the two camera apps have been downloaded over 1.5 million times from Google Play. Both the apps served pop-up ads to make money. The ads used to continue to run in the background, interrupting users and also drained the battery of the device. Mobile security firm Wandera claimed that both the apps could have had more malicious intent than just serving unwanted ads. Both the apps asked for audio recording permission along with several other permissions.
Recently, cyber security researchers at independent cyber security services firm–CSIS– have uncovered a malware that affects at least 24 Android apps. These Android apps are quite popular with a total of over 4.72 lakh users. These 24 apps were tested positive for a new type of Trojan on Google Play which goes by the name ‘Joker’. “This Trojan silently simulates the interaction with advertisement websites, steals the victim’s SMS messages, the contact list and device info,” according to the researchers.