Google bans 8 dangerous applications

NEW YORK — Google has recently banned 8 popular apps, for hiding the Joker malware, which is hidden inside innocent-looking apps and is capable of infecting users via the Google Play Store.
Google has recently banned 8 popular apps, for hiding the Joker malware, which is hidden inside innocent-looking apps and is capable of infecting users via the Google Play Store.

The 8 apps hiding the Joker malware were Auxiliary Message, Element Scanner, Fast Magic SMS, Free CamScanner, Go Messages, Super Message, Great SMS, and Travel Wallpapers.

The Joker virus can access text messages, contacts and a lot of other information on smartphones, according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Quick Heal Security Lab.

It can also subscribe to websites that offer paid services, which means users risk an unpleasant surprise at the end of the month when they receive their own credit card statement.

The Joker malware was first discovered in 2019, but has recently made a dramatic comeback.

In fact, cybersecurity researchers recently revealed that they've seen a "huge increase" in apps that come infected with Joker malware.

Phone security company Zimperium says it has seen more than 1,000 new Joker samples since its last report on the issue in 2020.

The company warns that cyber thieves routinely find new and unique ways to introduce this malware into official and unofficial app stores.

Cyber security experts are urging Android users to check their smartphones after discovering that 8 popular apps hide dangerous Joker malware, and immediately delete the apps hiding the malware. (Agencies).

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