Joker malware is in news again. Google has removed 17 apps from the Google Play Store. These apps were infected by the popular Joker malware cyber security firm Zscaler were the first to identify these 17 apps which contained the virus. The research team of the firm stated that 17 apps, if were not removed, could be used to steal SMSs, contacts, device information, and even sign up users for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services.

Android Users Alert!

17 malicious apps were uploaded on the Play Store early this month and didn’t get a chance to gain a following, and it had been downloaded around 120,000 times. Most of these are scanner apps.  There were some photo editors and messaging apps as well. Once Google was notified about these apps, the company removed them from the Play Store. You can no longer download these apps but if you have them on your phone, you must uninstall them right away. 

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17 Malware Infected Google Apps

  • All Good PDF Scanner 
  • Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message 
  • Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons 
  • Tangram App Lock 
  • Direct Messenger 
  • Private SMS 
  • One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator 
  • Style Photo Collage 
  • Meticulous Scanner 
  • Desire Translate 
  • Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus 
  • Care Message 
  • Part Message 
  • Paper Doc Scanner 
  • Blue Scanner 
  • Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF 
  • All Good PDF Scanner 

Adhering to the internal procedures, Google has removed the apps from the Play Store and has implemented the Play Protect service to disable the apps on infected devices. However, the users are still requested to manually remove the Joker malware infected apps from their Android phones.

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Joker Malware Has Troubled Google, Again

This is the third time that Google’s security team has acted against a batch of Joker-infected apps over the past few months. The tech giant had recently removed 6 apps after Pradeo’s security researchers identified Joker malware infected apps.“Joker” is the malware that silently signs up users for subscription services, ones that they might be charged for over the course of several months before they even realize that they’ve been subscribed.

Anquanke research team had also identified Google had also identified a batch of Joker-infected apps in July that had been active since March and had managed to infect millions of devices.The way these infected apps usually manage to sneak their way past Google’s defenses and reach the Play Store is through a technique called “droppers,” where the victim’s device is infected in a multi-stage process.

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We request all Android users to be extremely cautious and to not download any unknown apps. Stay tuned to know more about the latest Google apps.