Google has removed 34 applications from its play store, i.e., Google Play Store as these are were infected by the Joker malware which in recent times has given nightmare chills to many Android users. This removal of apps is done in the period between July and September.
This malware about which Google is talking, Joker is not a fresh new but recently has been causing problems for android application developers. The reason behind this is the difficulty in its detection which is due to the little code it uses and it uses ‘Dropper’, a different technique to bypass a security scan of Google to sneak into a user’s device.
The Joker malware steals money from users by intensionally subscribing them to the unwanted subscriptions without their agreement or consent which are paid. Without one’s knowledge, it first simulates interaction through ads and further uses SMS messages of the victim, messages that include OTP to initiate the payments.
The List By Google :
The fresh list with most recently added apps is revealed by Zscaler, a cybersecurity firm in California. Here is the list of 34 applications suffering from malware that should be immediately removed from your smartphone.
- All Good PDF Scanner
- 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
- Push Message- Texting & SMS
- Fingertip GameBox
- com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)
- Safety AppLock
- Emoji Wallpaper
- Convenient Scanner 2
- Separate Doc Scanner
Earlier this week, Google posted a new blog post where it is written that Android’s security team claims that it has brought down approximately 17k applications since the beginning of 2017.
The victim gets to know about being fooled after the payment is made from their account and when they receive a message or notification about their account statement.
In order to this era full of viruses and malware along with the fun technology, it is important to stay safe and secure and thus this advice of google should be applied immediately by every individual who’s using android. In this world, technology has its pros and cons and indeed we should know how the use and misuse of technology are being done.