Android Platform is in Trouble with ‘Joker’ Virus

The virus hidden inside the applications allows users to subscribe to paid services without notice.

It is possible to say that the Google Play app store is generally more insecure than the App Store. As a matter of fact, Google had to remove 17 Android applications containing malware known as “Joker” from the store.

Applications containing the wildcard virus appear legitimate and can even provide useful functions for users. However, after a while the application is downloaded to the device, it begins to take action for its goals.

According to security research firm Zscaler, these 17 apps provide quick access to a user’s SMS information and are then used to register for some paid services.

Android Joker VirusIt is not the first time that software containing wildcards has appeared. Wildcard-laden apps have popped up many times over the past few years, and first negatively impacted the Android platform in late 2016. The applications injected by the Joker are quite popular, not just the Google Play Store, third party It has also spread to Android app stores.

According to Zscaler, the latest 17 apps have been downloaded 120,000 times in total. However, new reports show that 64 new Joker variants have been discovered in the past few weeks.

It looks like it will be difficult for Google to control this massive stream of infected apps. Finally, we recommend once again downloading apps from developers you trust on your Android devices.

Recently Discovered Infected Applications

  • 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

Having been intertwined with technology and games from an early age, Fatih is happy to do research and help people.

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