100 million Android phones are affected by this Spyware


Android malware

Google is working hard on improving Android operating system privacy and security. In the latest version, the company has offered its users a greater degree of control over what resources or areas an application has access to.

However, even if this limitation exists, there are still applications in the Android ecosystem that are very abusive that do not require many of the permissions they require to operate. According to an exhaustive security investigation, they have concluded that an application from a Chinese developer has been classified as Spyware and it is suspected that there are slightly more than 100 million Android devices affected by the said app.

100 million Android phones are affected by this Spyware

The team tasked with conducting the research is VPNpro, which confirmed that the developer behind the app also has at least 100 million installs and their apps are asking for “dangerous permissions.” In particular, VPNpro also claimed that one of its apps also has a malicious remote access Trojan hidden inside, these apps were discovered in Google’s app store.

The Chinese developer behind all of this fabric is Hangzhou-based QuVideo Inc. It is best known for its popular video editing application, VivaVideo. This application is available on the Play Store where it offers its services for free, it already has more than 100 million downloads. On the other hand, the VivaVideo application has been chosen among the 40 Chinese applications that the Indian government has classified as ‘malware’ or ‘spyware’ in 2017.

However, these applications not only available in Android, but also iOS, since the QuVideo applications are also available in the Apple App Store. However, because the permission system and limits are different, abuse of a similar nature is not present on that platform. Therefore, all those who have these applications are advised to check what permissions you are granting to the application.

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QuVideo apps:

  1. VivaVideo
  2. VivaVideo PRO Video Editor HD
  3. SlidePlus – Photo Slideshow Maker
  4. Tempo – Music Video Editor with Effects
  5. VivaCut – Pro Video Editor APP
  6. VidStatus – Status Videos & Status Downloader
App Name No. of dangerous permissions App Permission name
VidStatus – Status Videos & Status Downloader

Google Play installs: 50 million
Listed developer: VidStatus Team
History of malware: Trojan:Android/AndroRat remote access tool identified by Microsoft

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  • Access coarse location
  • Access fine location
  • Camera
  • Read call log
  • Record audio
  • Read contacts
  • Read external storage
  • Write external storage
  • Read phone state
VivaVideo: Video Editor & Video Maker

Google Play installs: 100 million
Listed developer: QuVideo Inc. Best Video Editor & Video Maker App
History of malware: Identified as spyware by Indian intelligence agencies

6
  • Camera
  • Access coarse location
  • Access fine location
  • Record audio
  • Read external storage
  • Write external storage
Tempo – Music Video Editor with Effects

Google Play installs: 500,000
Listed developer: Tempo trend video editor with effects & music. Ltd
History of malware: None

5
  • Access coarse location
  • Access-fine location
  • Access background location
  • Read external storage
  • Write external storage
  • Access location extra commands
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