Malware Joker found again in Google Play store

Malware Joker found again in Google Play store

Malware analyst at Kaspersky Tatiana Shishkova she revealed two Android applications that hide malware and are available in the Google Play store.

These are the “Smart TV remote” and “Halloween Coloring” applications, and the malware hidden in these applications is the infamous Joker.

The “Smart TV remote” application has been installed more than 1,000 times since the day it was released, on October 29, until the moment the malware was discovered.

The tactic of those behind the Joker malware is to hide malicious code in seemingly benign apps they publish in official app stores. Earlier this year, it was revealed that it was thus more than half a million Huawei Android devices infected with the Joker.

It is known that this malware subscribes users to premium mobile services without their consent or knowledge.

It is known that this malware subscribes users to premium mobile services without their consent or knowledge.

These seemingly benign apps are a front for downloading malicious apps to Android devices.

Applications have been reported to Google.

It is possible that Google Play Protect would at some point recognize these apps as malicious and provide automatic protection to affected users, despite an initial flaw that led to the release of apps in the Play Store.

“Google Play Protection checks apps when you install them. It also occasionally scans your device. If it finds a potentially harmful application, it can send you a notification, … disable the application until you uninstall it, [ili] remove the app automatically, ”reads an article on Google’s support page explaining how Google Play Protect protects devices from malicious apps.

However, those who have installed one of these applications and who received this news should not wait for Google, but should immediately uninstall the application, clean their smartphone and check for unauthorized subscriptions or charges triggered from their accounts. .



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