Joker malware on Google Play Store downloaded half a million times

While Google has been trying its best to run a narrow ship in its Play Store, the nasty apps created by bad actors still manage to reach the Android store.

The last of these threats has been called & # 39; the Joker & # 39; – after Batman's iconic and manic villain – and has been found in a total of 24 Android applications that, until recently, could Download from Google Play Store.

Before Google managed to remove the applications, they were downloaded and installed more than 472,000 times, although it is not clear how many people are still at risk. Below is a list of the affected applications that you should uninstall immediately if you are currently using them.

  • Advocate Wallpaper
  • Age Face
  • Altar Message
  • Antivirus Security – Security Scan
  • Beach Camera [19659005] Editing the board image
  • True wallpaper
  • SMS weather [19659005] Collate face scanner
  • Cute camera
  • Dazzle wallpaper
  • Declare message
  • Display camera
  • Great VPN
  • Humor camera
  • Ignite Clean
  • Scanner sheet face
  • Mini camera
  • Printing plant scan
  • Fast face scanner
  • Clean reward
  • SMS Ruddy
  • Soby camera
  • Spark wallpaper [19659028] Discovered by the security researcher Aleksejs Kuprins the virus is intended to extract money from its victims through premium subscription services, simulating the process that a user would undergo to register.

    Specifically, the component background of these applications "illegally" clicks on an ad within the application and does the same for the registration process when it is on the site. Then access the SMS messages of the victims, copying the authorization code that was sent to verify subscription payments.

    Kuprins states that malware has the potential to target users in 37 countries, including the US. UU., The United Kingdom and Australia, as well as other EU and Asian countries, although some of the applications had no regional restrictions.

    The 24 applications listed are only those that have been discovered so far, so more could be compromised. However, Kuprins points out that "Google has been removing all these applications without any note from us," so it is unlikely that future applications containing the Trojan will last long under the supervision of the tech giant.

    If you have ever installed any of the applications mentioned above, it is worth checking your transaction history once you have uninstalled them, paying attention to any suspicious account activity, such as unknown subscription payments.

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