Uninstall these 24 Android apps as ‘Joker’ malware is stealing your money through these apps

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Joker a new malware is now troubling the Android apps and can steal money from your account by presenting itself as a premium subscription.

This malware has been named after the iconic Batman villain, Joker.

“For example, in Denmark, Joker can silently sign the victim up for a 50 DKK/week service (roughly ~6,71 EUR). This strategy works by automating the necessary interaction with the premium offer’s webpage, entering the operator’s offer code, then waiting for a SMS message with a confirmation code and extracting it using regular expressions. Finally, the Joker submits the extracted code to the offer’s webpage, in order to authorize the premium subscription.”

Who Detected the Joker Malware: 

A CSIS Security Group named Aleksejs Kuprins, has reported the malware and according to them it has infected 24 apps on the Google Play Store, which have now been removed.

Aleksejs Kuprins said that the malware was downloaded and installed by over 4,72,000 Android users. As the infected apps have now been removed but it is still unclear how many users are still at risk.

List of Infected Apps: 

If you have any of the apps that have been listed, we recommend that you delete them immediately. Most of the apps in the list didn’t have any region restrictions and have potentially infected users in over 37 countries including India, US, UK and other European and Asian countries.

Infected apps are:

Advocate Wallpaper

  1. Advocate Wallpaper,
  2. Age Face,
  3. Altar Message,
  4. Antivirus Security- Security Scan,
  5. Beach Camera,
  6. Board Picture Editing,
  7. Certain Wallpaper,
  8. Climate SMS,
  9. Collate Face Scanner,
  10. Cute Camera,
  11. Collate Face Scanner,
  12. Cute Camera,
  13. Dazzle Wallpaper,
  14. Declare Wallpaper,
  15. Display Camera,
  16. Display Camera,
  17. Great VPN,
  18. Humour Camera,
  19. Ignite Clean,
  20. Leaf Face Scanner,
  21. Mini Camera,
  22. Print Plant Scan,
  23. Rapid Face Scanner,
  24. Reward Clean,
  25. Ruddy SMS,
  26. Soby Camera,
  27. Spark Wallpaper.

How Joker Malware Work: 

The malware Joker integrates itself into Android apps and simulates the sign up process of a premium service.

The infected apps while in use click on an advertisement within the app which starts the sign up process silently.

The user doesn’t have any hold on what the app does, as it gains access to their SMS messages, copying the OTP that gets sent to authenticate a payment. The money then gets promptly deducted from the user’s bank account.

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