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Google Removes Malicious app Downloaded Over 100mn Times

“The ‘Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.na’ functions carry out the main task of the malware: to download and launch a payload from malicious servers

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google has removed a hugely popular Android app on Play Store that scans files and converts them into PDFs and has been installed over 100 million times.

After cyber security firm Kaspersky found the problem with the app called CamScanner, it reported the issue to Google which has taken it off from Play Store.

“The popular CamScanner — the phone PDF creator app — caught our attention. The developers position it as a solution for scanning and managing digitized documents, but negative user reviews that have been left over the past month have indicated the presence of unwanted features,” said Kaspersky researchers Igor Golovin and Anton Kivva in a blog post.

After analyzing the app, they saw an advertising library in it that contains a “malicious dropper component”.

Previously, a similar module was often found in preinstalled malware on Chinese-made smartphones.

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Previously, if users were not signed into their Google accounts, pre-installed apps on their devices, including the Play Store, were cut off from updates. Pixabay

“It can be assumed that the reason why this malware was added was the app developers’ partnership with an unscrupulous advertiser,” the researchers noted.

The team reported to Google about the findings and the app was promptly removed from the Google app platform.

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“The ‘Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.na’ functions carry out the main task of the malware: to download and launch a payload from malicious servers.

“As a result, the owners of the module can use an infected device to their benefit in any way they see fit, from showing the victim intrusive advertising to stealing money from their mobile account by charging paid subscriptions,” the researchers noted. (IANS)

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Google Pixel 4XL To Have A Brighter Camera

Google Pixel fans can expect a brighter camera and beefed up processing power in the upcoming Pixel 4 XL, according to new leaked images of a pre-release Pixel 4 XL provided by Vietnamese phone shop D Store Mobile

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Google Pixel XL smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

Google Pixel fans can expect a brighter camera and beefed up processing power in the upcoming Pixel 4 XL, according to new leaked images of a pre-release Pixel 4 XL provided by Vietnamese phone shop D Store Mobile, the media reported.

The primary rear camera will reportedly snap shots with a brighter f/1.73 aperture. Last year’s Pixel 3 had an aperture of f/1.8.

“Leaks of the upcoming camera app suggest that the phone will shoot in 16:9 by default so that photos can take up the entire camera screen, despite the sensor remaining 4:3. The effect is similar to what Apple is doing on the iPhone 11 models, which take advantage of the phone’s extra wide-angle lens to fill the screen,” The Verge reported on Saturday.

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New leaked images of a pre-release Pixel 4 XL provided by Vietnamese phone shop D Store Mobile. Pixabay

The details of the telephoto camera aren’t available as of now but it can be safely presumed there would be significant improvements to low-light photos and close-ups.

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The speedy 90Hz OLED screen remains the highlight, but one will also get a Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB RAM, a 3,700mAh battery (on the XL) and 128GB of UFS storage on at least one model, according to Engadget. (IANS)