Google has removed 16 harmful apps from the Play Store. These apps, which are infected with Joker malware, can steal user’s contact, SMS, and mobile information.
Joker malware has been a nightmare for Android phone users for some time. Malware on smartphones running the Android operating system is disguised as real apps in the Google Play Store. This information was given in the report of the technology website Zedinet.
If someone has downloaded these apps, he needs to uninstall them from his mobile phone quickly.
When it attacks someone’s smartphone or another device, it can take access to SMS. The malware-spreading miscreants can use the Joker to grab all the information on the smartphone’s contact list and device. This threatens the privacy of the user.
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Experts at the US cybersecurity firm JadeScaler say they have found Joker infections in 16 malicious apps. The apps are All Good PDF Scanner, Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message, Unique Keyboard-Fancy Fonts, and Free Emoticons, Tangram App Lock, Direct Messenger, Private SMS, One Sentence Translator, Multi-Functional, Desire Translate, Talent Photo Editor-Blur Focus, Care Message, Part Message, Paper Dock Scanner, Bluescanner, Hummingbird PDF Converter-Photo to PDF and All Good PDF Scanner.
Earlier this year, Google announced that the Joker malware was in the Play Store. This harmful program has been in the Google Play Store since 2016. Google cited this as the longest-running risk they’ve ever had to deal with.
Sediment reports that these apps were released in the Google Play Store about a month ago. Google has already removed these malware apps. But if someone has downloaded these apps, he has to quickly uninstall them from his mobile phone.
This is the third time Joker has been removed from the App Store with malware. Earlier this month, six apps were removed from the Google Play Store. Google removed several more apps last July. These apps are uploaded to the Google Play Store in a special way called dropper. This creates another app in the guise of an actual app. Initially, the app does not start any harmful activities while running. But after a few hours or a few days, it can start activities. Google’s security scan did not catch it, so it remained in the Google Play Store.
The reason for the panic over the malware is that in addition to raising concerns about privacy, the Joker may secretly launch an app subscription or purchase a premium service or app on a website.
Researchers also say that users should be aware that the Joker silently communicates with various ad-filled websites and snatches SMS, contact lists, and device information from mobile phones.