Google’s Play Store has come in for serious criticism in recent weeks, with a procession of disclosures of malware-laced apps being installed by millions of users around the world. In the latest such disclosure, Kaspersky researchers have reported that the CamScanner app, “a phone-based PDF creator that includes OCR (optical character recognition) and has more than 100 million downloads,” has been “shipping with an advertising library containing a malicious module.”
CamScanner was “a legitimate app,” the researchers explained, “with no malicious intensions.” At that time, ads were used openly to generate a normal commercial return for the app’s developers and there were in-app purchases to generate additional revenue. “However, at some point, that changed.”
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