Google has confirmed that it has removed 17 apps from its Android Play Store. The banned applications were found to be filled with dangerous ‘joker’ malware. Users who have downloaded the affected apps will now need to delete them in order to remove the threat.
What is joker malware?
Joker malware is a virus built into apps that has the ability to steal SMS messages, entire contact lists, and information from a smartphone device. The malware is also capable of silently signing up victims for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services.
WAP services can silently buy content from sites without the user’s consent, and leave the victim with a large mobile phone bill.
The offending apps were discovered by the team at Zscaler.
Viral Gandhi from Zsclaer said, “Our Zscaler ThreatLabZ research team has been constantly monitoring the Joker malware. Recently, we have seen regular uploads of it onto the Google Play store. Once notified by us, the Google Android Security team took prompt action to remove the suspicious apps from the Google Play store.”
Which apps have been banned?
If you have any of these apps on your phone it is important to delete them as soon as possible.
Here is the full list of apps removed from the Android Play Store:
All Good PDF ScannerMint Leaf Message-Your Private MessageUnique Keyboard - Fancy Fonts & Free EmoticonsTangram App LockDirect MessengerPrivate SMSOne Sentence Translator - Multifunctional TranslatorStyle Photo CollageMeticulous ScannerDesire TranslateTalent Photo Editor - Blur focusCare MessagePart MessagePaper Doc ScannerBlue ScannerHummingbird PDF Converter - Photo to PDF