Google PlayStore is once again invaded by Android Malware as per researchers from Check Point. The experts from the firm have discovered traces of two malware on the Google PlayStore. Joker, a harmful Adware, and Haken, an adware. They have confirmed that a total of 12 Android apps have been contaminated. We invite you to urgently uninstall them out of your smartphone.
“Check Point researchers recently discovered a new malware family and new samples of the Joker malware family on the Play Store,” Check Point stated in a survey launched February 21, 2020. This isn’t the first time that Joker malware threatens Android customers. Previously, in September, the malware infected 24 applications available on Google Play Store. Now in few months later, Joker was again in the code of a new software.
In response to Check Point, on the malware identified once more on the Play Store. “We recently found four additional samples of Joker on Google Play, downloaded greater than 130,000 times,” according to the report. As a reminder, Joker is malware capable of subscribing its victims to paid services without their knowledge.
List of Android Apps Infected by Joker or Haken malware
These malwares are meant supposed to generate advertising income. Hidden within the code of 8 applications of the Play Store, the malware clicks as an alternative of its victims on pop-up advertisements. It’s goals to get cash from advertisers. It damages the efficiency and autonomy of the contaminated smartphone. Right here is the listing of applications contaminated by Joker or Haken:
- Kids coloring
- Fruits coloring book
- Soccer coloring book
- Fruit jump tower
- Ball number shooter
- Reyflow Phote
- Mely Wpaper
- Panorama Camera Plus
- Mail SMS Plus
For complet details, check theresearch published by Checkpoint here.
We expect Google to ban these apps within the coming weeks. As at all times, Check Point advises users to check for reviews and permissions of each app while installing them. For safety, we additionally advise you to go for an Android antivirus. So, have you installed any of these apps from the list ? We await your testimony in comments below.