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September 21, 2020
Security Researchers Discover 6 More Android Apps containing Joker Malware on the Google Play Store

Delete these 6 Android Apps Right Now before They Start Stealing Money

Security researchers have found yet another half-a-dozen apps infected with Joker malware, which steals money from its victims…

Cybersecurity experts have unmasked six mobile applications containing the vicious Joker malware on the Google Play Store with more than 200,000 downloads. Like the 1,700 others previously identified and removed, these pose as legitimate apps. In reality, the nefarious apps repeatedly commit billing fraud by sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers or, by using the victim’s account to repeatedly purchase through WAP billing.

Security Researchers Discover 6 More Android Apps containing Joker Malware on the Google Play Store

The Joker malware operates clandestinely, without the victim’s knowledge. In fact, victims don’t become aware of the scheme until they’re hit with an outrageous phone bill that’s laden with additional charges. One of the six apps delivering Joker is Convenient Scanner 2. It’s been downloaded more than 100,000 times by itself. Another, Separate Doc Scanner, has about 50,000 installations.

Meanwhile, Safety AppLock, which ironically claims to protect users’ privacy, has 10,000 downloads. Push Message-Texting&SMS and Emoji Wallpaper both also have 10k installs, while another named Fingertip GameBox has 1,000 downloads.

As is the case with these situations, Google has been alerted to the malicious apps’ existence. Though the tech giant removed them from the Play Store, that does nothing for the 200,000+ people who have already downloaded the apps and will be victimized, if they do not delete them immediately.

Bill Boyles

Bill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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