Malware that empties digital wallets, bank accounts come back to Google Play; Remove these apps as soon as possible
- Android users should immediately remove these seven apps from their devices
- Security expert has discovered that some apps are infected with Joker malware
- Google has already deleted infected apps from the Play Store
Owners of Android devices are advised not to download multiple apps from the Google Play Store because they contain the terrible Joker malware, which is malware capable of emptying digital wallets and consumer bank accounts.
Tatyana Shishkova, Android Malware Analyst at Kaspersky, disclosed on Twitter the name of the applications that are said to be infected with the famous Joker malware. Search engine giant Google has already removed apps from the Play Store.
However, consumers who have downloaded and installed these apps should uninstall and remove them from their Android devices as soon as possible.
These benign but loaded Joker apps include Now QRcode Scan, EmojiOne Keyboard, Battery Unloading Animations Battery Wallpaper, Dazzling Keyboard, Volume Booster Louder Sound Equalizer, Super Hero-Effect, and Classic Emoji Keyboard.
The EmojiOne keyboard recorded the most downloads of these seven apps; he had over 50,000 installations when he was deleted from the Google Play Store.
This is not the first time the public has heard of the Joker malware.
Unlike other malware that is circulating these days, the Joker can do a lot of damage. At first, the malware goes undetected and since it is a spyware trojan, its main purpose is to allow operations without the owner’s consent.
Most of its victims had lost a lot of money before they found out they had fallen prey to the horrible malware. Similar software was found in 2017 and malicious actors used it for SMS fraud.
Later versions of the malware targeted billing fraud, including malicious actors performing injected clicks, SMS receivers, and custom HTML paress to orchestrate billing processes without the user’s knowledge. Recently, it was discovered that the Joker malware involves users subscribing to premium mobile services without their consent.
Google has Play Protect technology which it hopes will soon detect these infected apps and provide automatic protection to users. “Google Play Protect checks for apps when you install them. It also periodically scans your device. If it finds a potentially dangerous app, it may send you a notification, … disable the app until you uninstall it. , [or] automatically delete the application “, according to to the search engine giant.