There is no peace. After the many alerts about malicious applications that have been revealed, there is a new one. Part of the security company Check Point, with 11 more applications identified that are infected with the infamous Joker malware. The search engine giant has been chasing these apps since 2017 and finally removed them from the Google Play Store. You should now do the same.
Google Play Store Alert: Delete these 11 apps now!
However, this is not exactly the same threat that was circulating on the Internet. It is a new variant of the Joker that was present within legitimate applications. That said, whoever has them installed really has to delete them.
The names in question are:
- com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)
But what do these apps do anyway?
According to the researchers, these apps subscribe to premium services on behalf of users, without their knowledge. This means that your money can leak. Worst of all, in reality, you don’t even know you subscribed to anything. To make this happen, criminals managed to inject secret code into apps using an old method to bypass Google Play applications.
Despite the security features that are present in the Google store, this malware is very suspicious and manages to escape the verification systems with some success.
Earlier this year, the Google Play Store revealed that it detected and removed 1700 malicious applications that had mixed threats.
These were the ones that had the Joker malware!
Meanwhile, Google also removed 25 apps from the Play Store that allegedly stole users’ data. This problem was detected by the company Evina, which indicated that these applications stole users’ Facebook credentials. By the time they were sent down, they had already been downloaded 2.34 million times. That is, there are many people at risk right now.
These dangerous applications come under different names. However, they serve the same purpose. Some are step counters, other video editors, file managers, flashlight apps and more.
Nowadays we really need to be very careful with what we install. What may seem like an innocent application can get us in big trouble. A good tip is to always peek at the comments since in most cases they give us a good clue about strange behaviors of certain apps.
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