apklab.io Flags 3 Fake Apps on Google Play | Avast

In February 2019, Avast’s mobile threat intelligence platform (MTIP), apklab.io, discovered a number of “selfie beauty apps” on the Google Play Store posing as legitimate apps, but in reality were filled with adware and spyware. The three apps we found are Pro Selfie Beauty Camera, Selfie Beauty Camera Pro, and Pretty Beauty Camera – 2019. The apps claim to add filters to selfie photos and modify the appearance of the people in the selfies. However, the apps primarily include adware that aggressively displays ads and spyware capable of making calls, listening to calls, retrieving the device’s location, and changing a device’s network state. The apps all have at least 500,000 installs, with Pretty Beauty Camera – 2019 having over one million installs. According to our data, the apps are mostly installed by Android users in India.

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