Researchers have found numerous popular Android camera apps stealing users’ data and spying on them.
Reportedly, team CyberNews has caught numerous Android camera apps spying on users. These apps also include some popular beauty-filter applications with a large number of downloads as well.
As elaborated in their blog post, these apps that apparently provide fun to the users, secretly scrape their data. Consequently, the developers behind these apps use this data for monetization.
In brief, they noticed around 30 of the most popular camera apps with millions of downloads, seemingly belonging to the same or similar developers, involved in spying activities. As discovered, these apps seek dangerous permissions to access unnecessary details. These include access to contacts, GPS location, coarse location, and access to read and write files on the device, apart from the anticipated permissions to access camera and microphone.
Some of the noteworthy apps making to this suspicious app list include BeautyPlus – Easy Photo Editor & Selfie Camera, Selfie Camera – Beauty Camera & Photo Editor, HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera, and B612 – Beauty & Filter Camera. The complete list of all suspicious, yet popular, camera apps is available in the researchers’ report.
The main purpose of all the data exfiltration through these apps is for monetary gain. The more data these developers gather from the users, the more money they will make.
As explained by the CyberNews,