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October 20, 2020
Google Removes 17 Joker Malware Infected Apps from the Play Store

Remove these Apps Right Now or Risk Losing Money on Phony Subscription Sign Ups

Google has pulled another seventeen apps from its Play Store after security researchers discover even more Joker malware infections…

Another seventeen Android apps have been taken off the Google Play Store. This, after security researchers at Zscaler found they contained the notorious Joker or Bread malware. The suspect mobile applications where uploaded to the Play Store this month. Fortunately, they didn’t get a chance to gain a following. But, they still managed to rack up over 120,000 downloads before being detected.

Google Removes 17 Joker Malware Infected Apps from the Play Store

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Joker malware (or has encountered the term, but doesn’t know what it does), this malicious code is designed to secretly sign users up for premium subscriptions, while also stealing victims’ SMS messages, their contact lists, and their device information. So, it can not only charge huge amounts of money via bogus premium subscriptions, it can steal personal data as well.

As common with these types of nefarious apps, they have very small footprints to run malicious software clandestinely. Meaning, it’s quite difficult to detect any bad behavior. Google has removed the apps from the Play Store and used its Play Protect service to disable the apps on infected devices. However, anyone who installed them should still delete them right away. Here’s the list:

  • 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

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