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July 11, 2020 06:48

Google Bans 11 Apps for Injecting Joker Malware in Android Phones

Google has removed 11 apps from its Play Store as they were infected with the notorious Joker malware.

Google has removed 11 apps from its Play Store as they were infected with the notorious Joker malware.

A team of security researchers at Check Point has been monitoring the activity of apps. They discovered a new variant of the Joker malware secretly present inside legitimate apps.

Joker is one of the most frequently encountered malware in Android smartphones. Through this malware, hackers can subscribe to premium services without the user’s knowledge.

After getting a report from Check Point, Google has removed the following 11 apps for Google Play Store.

Here is the list of apps

  1. com.imagecompress.android
  2. com.contact.withme.texts
  3. com.hmvoice.friendsms
  4. com.relax.relaxation.androidsms
  5. com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)
  6. com.peason.lovinglovemessage
  7. com.file.recovefiles
  8. com.LPlocker.lockapps
  9. com.remindme.alram
  10. com.training.memorygame

Earlier this year, Google has removed 1700 apps from Play Store because of having a malicious joker app.

Google has already equipped a sophisticated defense feature named Google Play Protect to detect such apps. But Joker malware is very hard to detect and easily bypass the security shield of Google.

This time the team behind Joker applied old techniques from the conventional PC threat landscape and used in mobile apps to bypass Google security.

If you have installed one of the above apps, then remove it from your device. In addition to that check your mobile and credit card bills to see any suspicious subscription.


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