Google has detected some malicious Apps interwoven in other Apps or stand alone on their own to facilitate the hacking of your bank account(s) or capable to infiltrating all your social media accounts to steal data.
“This malicious program has been detected in eight Play Store applications that Google has suppressed,” says authorities in a statement published this Friday on their website.
The ‘Joker’ malware became famous in 2017 for infecting and robbing its victims by hiding in different applications. Since then, the Google Play Store defence systems have removed around 1,700 apps with the ‘ Joker ’ malware before they were downloaded by users.
In September 2020, the ‘Joker’ virus was found in 24 Android applications that registered more than 500 thousand downloads before being removed. It is estimated that at that time it affected more than 30 countries including the United States, Brazil and Spain.
The harmful applications that the Google Play Store eliminated after detecting that they contained the ‘Joker’ virus are:
1) Auxiliary Message
2) Element Scanner
3) Fast Magic SMS
4) Free CamScanner
5) Go Messages
6) Super Message
7) Super SMS
8) Travel Wallpapers
However, other specialists warn that more Apps are affected and millions of users who do not know that they are already victims of this cyber fraud.
The cybersecurity company Zscaler, cited by La Razón, made public the names of 16 other Apps that according to their analysis, also contain this malicious code. They are:
9) Private SMS
10) Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
11) Style Photo Collage
12) Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
13) Paper Doc Scanner
14) All Good PDF Scanner
15) Care Message
16) Part Message
17) Blue Scanner
18) Direct Messenger
19) One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
20) Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
21) Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
22) Tangram App Lock
23) Desire Translate
24) Meticulous Scanner
Check if you have any of the apps installed on your smartphone and deleted them immediately.