Joker malware is back. Tatiana Shishkova, an analyst at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, took to Twitter to warn users about the return of Joker malware to the Google Play Store. He said the malware had infected at least 15 Android apps.
As a reminder, Joker malware infected many apps last year and was able to create widespread fear. The situation worsens and Google intervenes and removes infected apps to protect users. The malware has been in one form or another since 2017
Some of the apps listed by Shishkova have more than 50,000 installed, while others have only double the number installed.
List of apps infected with Joker malware
- Easy PDF scanner
- Now QRCode Scan
- Super-click VPN
- Volume Booster Louder Sound Equalizer
- Battery charging animation bubble effect
- Smart TV remote
- Volume boosting hearing aid
- Call flashlight flash alert
- Halloween color
- Classic Emoji Keyboard
- Flashing keyboard
- Emojiwan keyboard
- Battery charging animation wallpaper
- Blender Photo Editor – Easy Photo Background Editor
What is Joker malware?
Joker malware infects apps listed on the Google Play Store, and after a user downloads one of the infected apps. Every time malware is caught, its developers make minor changes to its code to bypass Play Store security guidelines.
The malware is known to steal victims’ information via SMS, contact list and device information. The virus communicates with the device in the background, silently clicks on the ad and subscribes to its victims’ premium services.
The malware is capable of secretly taking OTP from SMS to approve payments. After that, it will delete OTP and bank SMS so that the victim remains unaware of the charge. Victims will be able to know about the charges while checking their bank statements.
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