From time to time we hear about the most dangerous computer programs in the world, such as the most dangerous computer viruses and malware. Today we are at a point where it is very difficult to even estimate the financial and social damage caused by these a year. First, no matter how many anti-virus programs there are, no matter how many security measures you take, you and I are more likely to get caught.
A few years ago, computer security researcher Aleksejs Kuprins discovered the ‘the Joker’ malware that scared Android smartphone users around the world. This included the Play Store, which has become the talk of the town with over a million downloads.
Not only this, with the help of the Google Play protect system it was possible to create a buzz among the users about the malware not being detected and whether it is safe to download apps through Play Store. Because Google always encourages users to download every app they download through the official android app store.
Joker Malware from the Play Store
With Google’s recently discovered ‘the Joker’ malware, it has become clear that no matter how much Google tries to keep its play store safe, malicious apps will somehow find ways to work inside it. This malware was not detected until recently. Computer security researcher Aleksejs Kuprins discovered that this was working in 24 apps. The following are the Android apps that are currently identified as containing this malware.
- Advocate Wallpaper
- Age Face
- Altar Message
- Antivirus Security – Security Scan
- Beach Camera
- Board picture editing
- Certain Wallpaper
- Climate SMS
- Collate Face Scanner
- Cute Camera
- Dazzle Wallpaper
- Declare Message
- Display Camera
- Great VPN
- Humour Camera
- Ignite Clean
- Leaf Face Scanner
- Mini Camera
- Print Plant scan
- Rapid Face Scanner
- Reward Clean
- Ruddy SMS
- Soby Camera
- Spark Wallpaper
However, when Google detected this malware and removed it from the play store, it is reported that the relevant apps had already passed 472,000 downloads. This malware registers various services without the phone user’s knowledge and tries to get money from them (impersonating a user registration process). The malware can also detect and copy paid SMS messages sent to your phone without your permission.
According to Kuprins, the malware has spread to more than 37 countries. However, Google has taken steps to remove all the apps that have been identified as being infected with this malware. Since then, we have not heard anything about the malware, which targeted 37 countries and spread rapidly in 2019-2020.
‘App defence alliance’ failed?
After ‘the Joker’ malware, xHelper malware was able to intimidate android users. Since then, such malicious programs have been targeted at almost all Android users. Google has teamed up with ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium to protect its users. That alliance was called the ‘app defence alliance’. The main purpose of this merger was to remove mobile phone applications containing malware before they became popular among users and to identify such apps currently in the Play Store. Making the android operating system and play store a secure platform for 133 million android users has become their main mission.
‘The Joker’ Malware was able to sneak out of the ‘app defence alliance’ and get reborn.
Reborn ‘the Joker’
This time ‘the Joker’ was able to come back more powerful and more dangerous. So far, it has identified 16 apps that are suspected to be infected. Google is currently working to remove almost all of these apps from the Play Store.
Currently, ‘The Joker’ Malware,
- Private SMS
- Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
- Style Photo Collage
- Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
- Paper Doc Scanner
- All Good PDF Scanner
- Care Message
- Part Message
- Blue Scanner
- Direct Messenger
- One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
- Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
- Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
- Tangram App Lock
- Desire Translate
- Meticulous Scanner.
If you have any of the above apps on your phone, we ask you to remove them immediately. Not only is ‘The Joker’ malware that has become more dangerous this time around, but it has also evolved into a Trojan hoax.
By now you know that ‘the Joker’ has the potential to empty your bank account without you even knowing it. The first to hear about this were from neighbouring India.