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
22. Push Message- Texting & SMS
23. Fingertip GameBox
25. com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)
27. Safety AppLock
28. Emoji Wallpaper
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.