Joker Malware detected in these 8 Play Store apps

People nowadays are more concerned about their life on the internet. As each day passes by, people are getting addicted to the internet and digital world. Almost all of a user’s information is now available on the internet, because of technological development and the automation of the globe. With increasing technology malware assaults are becoming increasingly common, particularly on Android smartphones. A new malware has been detected in the cyber world recently, and people have been experiencing problems due to this new Joker Malware that has been spread across social media. Around the year 2017, the Joker virus was discovered in 40 Google Play Store apps. The Alphabet-owned business swiftly deleted the apps from the Google Play Store after learning of their existence. The Joker ransomware has resurfaced as it had been found in 8 apps of Google play store.

What is Joker?

Being a type of Trojan malware this Joker Malware infiltrates a user’s computer via an infected application. The virus will then gathers and store the user’s information from the device like a spy. This Trojan malware will then utilize the user’s gathered information to sign up for premium memberships without the user’s knowledge. By gaining access to their SMS, Contact Lists, and device information, this digital parasite has mostly targeted Android users. Joker is designed with the main objective and that is to raise funds for the cybercriminals that created it through deceptive advertising.

This malicious software has been discovered in eight Android apps on the Google Play Store, according to a recent analysis from Quick Heal. Below is a list of Joker Malware infected Apps:

  1. Auxiliary Message
  2. Element Scanner
  3. Fast Magic SMS
  4. Free CamScanner
  5.  Go Messages
  6.  Super Message
  7.  Super SMS
  8.  Travel Wallpapers.

Google was alerted about these programs by the cybersecurity firm, and soon these apps were deleted by the Alphabet-owned company from the Google Play Store. However, before being deleted from their network, these programs had been downloaded thousands of times. To get rid of this malicious software on their device, the user should remove the apps mentioned in the upper list.

Reha kumari

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