Android's openness is part of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, anyone can (relatively) easily create and publish mobile apps through the Play Store. However, no one can create and publish apps through the Play Store. And checks to get approved apps are not as stringent as those found in Apple 's App Store.
But Google is doing something about it. They brought 29 camera and photo apps from the Play Store for intrusion, porn promotions, user scams through phishing, and content theft. However, these apps have already been downloaded millions of times.
According to Trend Micro, the majority of downloads were from Asia, especially from India. They say that when users download one of these suspicious apps, they have nothing to indicate that there is a problem before they attempt to remove the app from their phone. Also, this app is specially designed to not be analyzed by itself.
They have been careful to make the app look as legitimate as possible, but other user reviews often say it's a good indicator. After users discovered what happened in some apps, negative reviews were overflowed.
It would not have been a big problem if it had not become a popular app before the evil intent was revealed. Three apps have received over a million downloads. More than 500,000 people. An additional seven applications each received over 100,000 downloads.
Here you can see a complete list of apps, and if you've installed the app, you can turn off your phone as soon as possible.
Most of the apps on the Google Play Store are perfect, but the photo app is so popular that it's easy to catch, especially because it includes all the filters / effects / beauties. So before you install, investigate and check out the new app.
Did you install the items in the list?[Trend Micro via Engadget]