Technology

Google bans another 11 Android apps – wipe them from your phone NOW

Another week, but another set of Android apps banned from the Google Play Store. This newest batch of functions have been hurriedly deleted after it was found the software was laced with the horrifying Joker malware, which indicators up customers to costly subscription plans behind their backs – charging the cardboard saved to their Play Store account.

In the previous, victims who’ve mistakenly put in Joker apps have discovered themselves charged in extra of £240 a year in these fraudulent assaults.

Joker was first found again in 2017, however has just lately made a serious – and really unwelcome – comeback, with specialists now warning that they’ve seen an enormous uptick in apps that include this nasty menace.



The newest warning was revealed by Zscaler’s ThreatLabz menace staff who’ve been monitoring Joker for a while. They say {that a} whole of 11 apps managed to slide by means of (*11*) defences with the apps, then showing on the official Play Store and racking 1000’s of installs.

READ MORE: Apple’s new Beats Studio Buds accessible in the present day and Android followers will love them

Speaking in regards to the deal with, Zscaler mentioned: “Joker is one of the most prominent malware families targeting Android devices. Despite public awareness of this particular malware, it keeps finding its way into Google’s official application market by employing changes in its code, execution methods, or payload-retrieving techniques.

“This adware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and system data, and to signal the sufferer up for premium wi-fi application protocol (WAP) companies.”

Alongside Zscaler’s warning, one firm that works with Google to protect devices has also made a worrying announcement about Joker.

Zimperium says that it has witnessed over 1,000 new samples of Joker since its last report on the problem back in 2020. And the company is warning that cyber thieves have routinely found new and unique ways to get this malware into both official and unofficial app stores.

It’s vital that all Android users do some research before downloading any apps onto their device as once Joker has infected the phone it can rack up huge bills without the owner ever knowing.


Back to top button