Android Users Need to Manually Remove These 16 Infected Apps, iiQ8

Kuwait City, 29th September, 2020:

Android Users Need to Manually Remove These 16 Infected Apps

Google recently disabled 16 Android apps infected with Joker malware, but only users can uninstall them.

One of the most persistent pieces of malware targeting Android devices has reared its head again, this time appearing in 16 apps on the Google Play Store.

As security company Zscaler explains, the apps in question were infected with the Joker malware. It steals SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, but the most serious threat it poses to users is automatic sign-ups to premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services. With WAP billing, users get a shock next time they receive their mobile phone bill as the service costs are charged directly to it.

The Joker malware circumvents the Google Play app vetting process through a combination of code tweaks, execution method variation, and changes to how it downloads the payload allowing it to function, steal information, and trigger the WAP service sign-ups. Google has removed the 16 infected apps from the Play Store and disabled them on devices where they are installed, thought to be in the region of 120,000 devices. The list of apps includes:

  1. All Good PDF Scanner
  2. Blue Scanner
  3. Care Message
  4. Desire Translate
  5. Direct Messenger
  6. Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
  7. Meticulous Scanner
  8. Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
  9. One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
  10. Paper Doc Scanner
  11. Part Message
  12. Private SMS
  13. Style Photo Collage
  14. Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
  15. Tangram App Lock
  16. Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons

Source – PCMag

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