If you are using an Android phone, you need to be careful. We say this because the Joker malware is starting to spread its terror again. According to Zscaler Threatlabz, the Joker malware has infected 50 apps on the Google Play Store. However, Google immediately removed it from its App Store. We have provided a list of infected apps below. Experts say that if you are still using any of these apps on your phone, uninstall them immediately.
According to the ZScaler ThreatLabs team, the Joker, FaceSteller, and Copper malware families have recently been found scattered across the apps. When Threatlabs reported this threat to the Google Android security team, they quickly removed these malicious apps from the Google Play Store.
What is Joker malware?
Joker is one of the most famous families of malware that stalks Android mobile devices. This is not a new malware, but it is very old and well known, yet this malware managed to get into the official Google Play Store by updating its beta signature from time to time. Apart from stealing the victim’s contacts, device data, and SMS messages, the virus also aims to make the victim sign up for costly Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) services.
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Apps downloaded more than 3 times
As of now, Threatlabz has more than 50 different Joker download apps on play store. All these apps have been downloaded more than 300,000 times in total, and most of these apps belong to the categories of Communication, Health, Personalization, Photography and Tools.
Over the past two months, ThreatLab researchers have discovered 50 of these malware-infected apps in the Google Play Store:
1. Universal PDF Scanner – com.unpdf.scan.read.docscanuniver
2. Private Messenger – com.recollect.linkus
3. Premium SMS Service – com.premium.put.trustsms
4. Smart Messages – com.toukyoursms.timemessages
5. SMS Emoji – messenger.itext.emoji.mesenger
6. Blood Pressure Checker – com.bloodpressurechecker.tangjiang
7. Funny Keyboard – com.soundly.galaxykeyboard
8. Silent Memory Camera – com.silentmenory.timcamera
9. Custom themed keyboard – com.custom.keyboardthemes.galaxy
10. Lighting Messages – com.lilysmspro.lighting
11. Photo Keyboard Themes – com.themes.bgphotokeyboard
12. Send SMS – exazth.message.send.text.sms
13. Messenger Chat Themes – com.relish.messengers
14. Instant Messaging – com.sbdlsms.crazymessager.mmsrec
15. Cool Keyboard – com.colate.gthemekeyboard
16. Fonts Emoji Keyboard – com.zemoji.fontskeyboard
17. Mini PDF Scanner – com.mnscan.minipdf
18. Smart SMS – com.sms.mms.message.ffei.free
19. Creative Emoji Keyboard – com.whiteemojis.creativekeyboard.ledsloard
20. Fancy SMS – con.sms.fancy
21. Fonts Emoji Keyboard – com.symbol.fonts.emojikeyboards
22. Personal Message – com.crown.personalmessage
23. Funny Emoji Message – com.funie.messagremo
24. Magic Photo Editor – com.amagiczy.photo.editor
25. Professional Messages – com.adore.attached.message
26. All Photo Translator – myphotocom.allfasttranslate.transationtranslator
27. SMS Chat – com.maskteslary.messages
28. Smile Emoji – com.balapp.smilewall.emoji
29. Wow Translator – com.imgtop.camtranslator
30. All language translation – com.exclusivez.alltranslate
31. Great Messages – com.learningz.app.cool.messages
32. Blood pressure diary – blood.
33. Chat Text SMS – com.echatsms.messageos
34. Hello Text SMS – ismos.mmsyes.message.texthitext.bobpsms
35. Emoji Theme Keyboard – com.gobacktheme.lovelyemojikeyboard
36. iMessager – start.me.messager
37. SMS – com.ptx.textsms
38. Camera translator – com.haixgoback.outsidetext.languagecameratransla
39. Messagecoming – com.itextsms.messagecoming
40. Painting Photo Editor – com.painting.pointeditor.photo
41. Rich Message – com.getmanytimes.richsmsthememessenge
42. Quick chat message – messages.qtsms.messenger
43. Advanced SMS – com.fromamsms.atadvancedmmsopp
44. Professional Messenger – com.akl.smspro.messenger
45. Classic Game Messenger – com.classcolor.formessenger.sic
46. Message Style – com.istyle.messagesty
47. Private game messages – com.message.game.india
48. Timestamp Camera – allready.taken.photobeauty.camera.timestamp
49. Social Messaging – com.colorsocial.message
50. Simple Note Scanner – com.wuwan.pdfscan