Tech experts have cautioned consumers to erase “Joker apps” from their Android phones, which can steal money and read their text conversations. Another batch of apps has been removed from the Google Play Store after revealing that they carried the “Joker” malware, which can enroll users in subscription plans and charge their saved credit cards.
This particular sort of malware was first found in 2017 but has now made a resurgence, infiltrating 11 apps on Google’s Play Store, according to Zscaler’s ThreatLabz. The Joker malware, according to Zscaler, is “one of the most prominent malware families targeting Android devices.”
“Despite public awareness of this particular malware, it keeps finding its way into Google’s official application market by employing changes in code, execution methods, or payload-retrieving techniques.”
Google has removed the corrupted apps from the Play Store, but those who have already downloaded the apps are still in danger. Google does not have the ability to remove apps from individual phones.
The following apps were reportedly infected with malware.
Free Affluent Message
PDF Photo Scanner
Comply QR Scanner
PDF Converter Scanner
Font Style Keyboard
According to Zscaler, the Joker spyware is intended to “steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, and to sign the victim up for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services.”
Over the last year, dozens of Android applications have been reported as potentially malicious.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, blasted Android in June for being much less secure than the iPhone’s iOS software. According to Forbes, Cook stated that “Android has 47 times more malware than iOS.”
“We structured iOS in such a way that there will be only one App Store,” Apple’s CEO explained. “All apps are checked prior to being added to the store, which keeps a significant amount of malware out of our ecosystem.”