Google has taken the CamScanner app, a popular document scanning app, out of the Google Play Store.
The reason is that the app contains a malware-like virus in several previous versions, but this is not something that CamScanner developers have done. AdHub uses a service from another company called AdHub to display ads in this App, and the ad SDK they provide contains malware.
It has been reported that the malware has not been able to steal any user data and it has been used to automatically click on the ads displayed. However, an investigation by Kaspersky has revealed that they have been working on installing other modules without the user’s permission and they have been alerted to Google.
The XDA-Developers website states that the following versions contain the malware.
- June 17, 2019: 220.127.116.1190616
- June 25, 2019: 18.104.22.16890624
- July 10, 2019: 22.214.171.12490708
- July 10, 2019: 126.96.36.19990710
- July 23, 2019: 188.8.131.5290723
- July 25, 2019: 184.108.40.20690725
CamScanner has officially announced that CamScanner is taking legal action against AdHub, and has not taken any users’ personal data, and will soon include a version that avoids this problem on the Play Store.