Google announced this week that it removed 16 applications from Google Play on the recommendation of the company Zscaler, a company specialized in technology and malware, after This will detect the virus known as “Joker” in them.
“Joker” is a malware that began to circulate on the Internet in 2017 and that continues to affect various apps on the Android system, modifying their code, execution method, as well as payload recovery techniques.
This virus was designed to “steal” text messages, contact lists and information from the device, in addition to subscribing the user, without their knowledge, to services premium Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) ”, stealing your bank details and making your subscription service expenses virtually unnoticed.
The apps that have been identified as being affected by “Joker” were uploaded to Google Play in September and downloaded about 12,000 times. These are:
1) All Good PDF Scanner
2) Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
3) Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
4) Tangram App Lock
5) Direct Messenger
6) Private SMS
7) One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
8) Style Photo Collage
9) Meticulous Scanner
10) Desire Translate
11) Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
12) Care Message
13) Part Message
14) Paper Doc Scanner
15) Blue Scanner
16) Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
Despite having removed them from its Play Store, Google also disabled them on the devices where they were running; however, it is necessary for the users who downloaded them to uninstall them manually.