Google play store apps affected by malware

The Joker virus has caused a severe threat to the vast digital population of Android users across the world.
Google has identified 24 apps in the Google Play Store that are affected by this malware,
and as a result, all these apps have been removed from the Play Store.
To be on the safer side, the Android users must delete these apps at the earliest
The malware was initially and described by CSIS security researcher Aleksejs Kuprins.


According to the security specialist, the malware has been installed onto various devices over 472,000 times with the help of 24 infected Android apps, all containing Joker malware.
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it proved to possess a high threat to Android users in terms of data privacy of the users. The malware has been secretly able to register people for the premium subscription to the services, steal their SMS data and gather all the crucial device information like serial numbers and IMEI numbers

  •    Advocate Wallpaper;
  •     Age Face;
  •     Altar Message;
  •     Antivirus Security – Security Scan;
  •     Beach Camera;
  •     Board picture editing;
  •     Certain Wallpaper;
  •     Climate SMS;
  •     Collate Face Scanner;
  •     Cute Camera;
  •     Dazzle Wallpaper;
  •     Declare Message;
  •     Display Camera;
  •     Great VPN;
  •     Humour Camera;
  •     Ignite Clean;
  •     Leaf Face Scanner;
  •     Mini Camera;
  •     Print Plant scan;
  •     Rapid Face Scanner;
  •     Reward Clean;
  •     Ruddy SMS;
  •     Soby Camera;
  •     Spark Wallpaper

  • Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
  • Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
  • Tangram App Lock
  • Direct Messenger
  • Private SMS
  • One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
  • Style Photo Collage
  • Meticulous Scanner
  • Desire Translate
  • Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
  • Care Message
  • Part Message
  • Paper Doc Scanner
  • Blue Scanner
  • Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
  • All Good PDF Scanner
  • com.imagecompress.android
  • com.relax.relaxation.androidsms
  • com.file.recovefiles
  • com.training.memorygame
  • Push Message- Texting & SMS
  • Fingertip GameBox
  • com.contact.withme.texts
  • com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)
  • com.LPlocker.lockapps
  • Safety AppLock
  • Emoji Wallpaper
  • com.hmvoice.friendsms
  • com.peason.lovinglovemessage
  • com.remindme.alram
  • Convenient Scanner 2
  • Separate Doc Scanner

What Joker Virus Do?

The Joker virus hides in the advertisement framework that is used by the above-listed applications, thereby, delivering an initialization component or Loader to the user’s device.before attacking the (victim’s) user’s Android device, the Joker virus examines whether the victim is the SIM card from one of the Mobile Country Codes or MCC. Mostly, the infected apps have targeted the Asian and EU countries, though some of them were defined to target the victims worldwide. The Loader is now ready to download the DEX file and uses it for further usage, heading to the core malware functionality.

The malware’s presence has identified in 37 countries like Australia, Austria, Belgium, etc. with India being affected the most.

It is quite evident that the main task of the Joker virus is to initiate user’s clicks on the advertisements. As a result of this, it pops up premium offer URLs and injects the JavaScript commands and then wait for the authorization SMS to arrive.

As the Android virus has a phone notification checker, it quickly grasps the incoming SMS and thereby extracting the needed confirmation code for purchasing the premium services on behalf of the victim. This malware can also steal the text messages from the victim’s phone along with the entire address book and sending it to the C&C server. Users need to make sure that they are always checking the app permissions and download only the trustworthy apps on their devices to avoid any Android virus affect

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