After Google removed hazardous apps from the Play Store, police advised Android users to delete them.
After 8 popular apps were discovered to be infected with the hazardous “Joker” malware, police are asking Android smartphone and tablet owners to check their devices. Google has removed the apps from the Play Store, but there’s little Google can do if the program is already on your phone…
A new Android security warning has been sent to all users…and it’s one you don’t want to ignore. After Google removed the offending apps from the Play Store in a fresh ban, police officers in Belgium are pushing users to delete eight apps from their smartphones and tablets. These apps are all infected with the hazardous “Joker” malware, which can cause havoc on any phone it infects. More consumers will be protected from installing malware if the apps are removed from the Play Store… But, as authorities have warned, it does nothing to help individuals who have already downloaded the harmful apps by mistake.
Once installed, Joker has the potential to install covert spyware and premium dialers on devices, allowing unwary victims to sign up for pricey monthly subscription plans. In the past, some victims have been duped into paying more than £240 a year for these bogus subscriptions.
Belgium police issued a warning on their website, saying, “Warning! The Joker virus has resurfaced in the Android ecosystem. This malware has been discovered in eight apps from the Google Play Store, all of which have now been removed by Google; however, if you have already downloaded one, uninstall it as soon as possible.
This latest Joker virus, according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Quick Heal Security Lab, may access text messages, contacts, and a variety of other sensitive information on smartphones.
It can then enroll users to websites providing paid services, similar to previous iterations, putting consumers at risk of a major surprise when their bank account or credit card statement arrives through the letter box at the end of the month.
If you are concerned about this vulnerability, here is a list of applications that are affected:
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• Scanner for elements
• Magical SMS in a flash
• CamScanner is a free application.
• Messages on the Move
• Message of the Century
• Excellent SMS
• Wallpapers for Travel
Joker initially appeared in 2019, but it has just made a sudden and unwelcome return.
In fact, security researchers have reported seeing a “significant increase” in apps that include the. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”