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Google Gets Rid of 34 Malware-Infected Apps from The Play Store

The internet is never an entirely safe place if you’re navigating across it without some strong layers of cyber protection. While equipping your device with an antivirus and firewall can only be a good thing, the better way of being protected against cyber attacks is your own vigilance.

Between July and September, Google had to remove 34 apps from its Play Store due to infection by the Joker malware. Zscaler, a cybersecurity company from California, revealed the latest infected apps by the Joker malware. You can see the full list of the removed apps below:

1. All Good PDF Scanner

2. Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message

3. Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons

4. Tangram App Lock

5. Direct Messenger

6. Private SMS

7. One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator

8. Style Photo Collage

9. Meticulous Scanner

10. Desire Translate

11. Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus

12. Care Message

13. Part Message

14. Paper Doc Scanner

15. Blue Scanner

16. Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF

17. All Good PDF Scanner

18. com.imagecompress.android

19. com.relax.relaxation.androidsms

20. com.file.recovefiles

21. com.training.memorygame

22. Push Message- Texting & SMS

23. Fingertip GameBox

24. com.contact.withme.texts

25. com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)

26. com.LPlocker.lockapps

27. Safety AppLock

28. Emoji Wallpaper

29. com.hmvoice.friendsms

30. com.peason.lovinglovemessage

31. com.remindme.alram

32. Convenient Scanner 2

33. Separate Doc Scanner

If you have any of these apps installed on your device, you must delete them ASAP!

Beware of the Joker

Just like in the tremendously-popular Batman movies, Joker is once again coming to jeopardize the lives of the innocent. But this time, Joker gets upgraded with high-tech knowledge and operation. Joker in this case is just the name of the bot that is infecting apps that were installed for a number of over 200,000 times.

Thanks to Roxanne Suau from Pradeo, we can learn how the Joker bot operates:

Joker is a malicious bot (categorized as Fleeceware) which main activity is to simulate clicks and intercept SMS to subscribe to unwanted paid premium services unbeknownst to users,

By using as little code as possible and thoroughly hiding it, Joker generates a very discreet footprint that can be tricky to detect.

Even on Google’s official marketplace, dangerous apps still exist. That’s why we should all think twice or even multiple times before installing any software.

About Cristian Antonescu

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Cristian is passionate about technology in all its areas, especially web development and gaming.

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