An old malware is back on the Google Play Store. Joker Malware that was first detected in 2017 has been detected again on the Play Store. Many users downloaded some deceptive apps that carried the malware and then fell victim to it. Since its discovery, Joker Malware has quickly become the malware of choice for cybercriminals to dominate Android users’ phones.
Security experts often express concern about the Joker Virus, a spyware program called a Trojan that allows hackers to access victims’ phones and install harmful malware. The malware was once again discovered in various apps from the Google Play Store. This wildcard malware was found in four apps on the Google Play Store, according to cybersecurity research firm Pradeo. These infected apps include smart SMS messages, blood pressure monitor, voice language translator and quick text messages.
Google deleted these apps from the Play Store after receiving a notification from the research team. However, even before the removal procedure, it is worrying that there are over 100,000 installations combined. This means that a significant portion of people are already having problems. Many users still have these apps on their cell phones, even though Google has removed them.
Joker Malware was initially applied to SMS-related scams. But over time, it has developed into a potent technique that can secretly access users’ devices. They can read notifications, take screenshots without a trace, send and read SMS messages, make calls, and even intercept one-time passwords and security codes. It can be said that this spyware is capable of doing almost everything on your device.
It is advised that every Android user monitor their list of downloaded apps. The researchers advised Android users to delete apps immediately if found on their devices.
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