Google Banishes Two Dozen Malware-Infected Apps from its Play Store that were Downloaded Half a Million Times

Google has taken down two dozen Android apps containing malware from the Play Store, that were downloaded half a million times…

There’s a serious problem with the Google Play Store hosting bad apps. Just last month, the search giant was found to host over two-hundred apps containing malware. Last November, nearly the same happened.

Now,  cybersecurity firm CSIS Security Group has discovered another 24 apps in the Play Store also contained harmful software called Joker.

Google Removes 24 Malware Infected Apps from the Google Play Store Downloaded 500,000 Times

The Joker malware is designed to secretly sign users up for premium subscriptions, while also stealing victims’ SMS messages, their contact lists, and their device information.

CSIS found the two-dozen apps contained trojan code and were downloaded over 472,000 times before Google removed them from its Play Store.

These apps have very small footprints to run malicious software clandestinely. Meaning, it’s quite difficult to detect any bad behavior.

Anyone who has installed the apps listed below should immediately check their transaction histories and uninstall the following apps: 

  • Advocate Wallpaper
  • Age Face
  • Altar Message
  • Antivirus Security – Security Scan
  • Beach Camera
  • Board picture editing
  • Certain Wallpaper
  • Climate SMS
  • Collate Face Scanner
  • Cute Camera
  • Dazzle Wallpaper
  • Declare Message
  • Display Camera
  • Great VPN
  • Humour Camera
  • Ignite Clean
  • Leaf Face Scanner
  • Mini Camera
  • Print Plant scan
  • Rapid Face Scanner
  • Reward Clean
  • Ruddy SMS
  • Soby Camera
  • Spark Wallpaper

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