The plague of malware is back on Android! Now there are 50 apps with the well-known Joker

Deepak Gupta July 24, 2022
Updated 2022/07/24 at 7:03 AM

Malware is very common in the Android app store. Malicious programmers take advantage of gaps in this proposal by Google to spread their tools dedicated to stealing user data.

The latest information revealed reveals another batch of apps dedicated to this end, now with the well-known Joker malware. In all, there are 50 apps that were on the Play Store and that were downloaded many, many times, thus increasing their danger.

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Joker is one of the best known and most dangerous malware that is attacking Android. It manages to steal data from users, while leading to subscription to value-added services, which results in high losses.

A recent analysis of Zscaler ThreatLabz led to the discovery of more than 50 apps that had this malware present. Of course, Google was immediately alerted to review the Android Play Store apps, something it did right away.

Android malware Google Play Store Joker

An evaluation of these apps found showed that the distribution in the typologies seems to favor one of the types. We are talking about those associated with communication, which are usually associated with higher permissions and are easier to obtain.

Android apps infected with Joker malware

  • Simple Note Scanner - com.wuwan.pdfscan
  • Universal PDF Scanner - com.unpdf.scan.read.docscanuniver
  • Private Messenger - com.recollect.linkus
  • Premium SMS - com.premium.put.trustsms
  • Smart Messages - com.toukyoursms.timemessages
  • Text Emoji SMS - messenger.itext.emoji.mesenger
  • Blood Pressure Checker - com.bloodpressurechecker.tangjiang
  • Funny Keyboard - com.soundly.galaxykeyboard
  • Memory Silent Camera - com.silentmenory.timcamera
  • Custom Themed Keyboard - com.custom.keyboardthemes.galaxiy
  • Light Messages - com.lilysmspro.lighting
  • Themes Photo Keyboard - com.themes.bgphotokeyboard
  • Send SMS - exazth.message.send.text.sms
  • Themes Chat Messenger - com.relish.messengers
  • Instant Messenger - com.sbdlsms.crazymessager.mmsrec
  • Cool Keyboard - com.colate.gthemekeyboard
  • Fonts Emoji Keyboard - com.zemoji.fontskeyboard
  • Mini PDF Scanner - com.mnscan.minipdf
  • Smart SMS Messages - com.sms.mms.message.ffei.free
  • Creative Emoji Keyboard - com.whiteemojis.creativekeyboard.ledsloard
  • Fancy SMS - con.sms.fancy
  • Fonts Emoji Keyboard - com.symbol.fonts.emojikeyboards
  • Personal Message - com.crown.personalmessage
  • Funny Emoji Message - com.funie.messagremo
  • Magic Photo Editor - com.amagiczy.photo.editor
  • Professional Messages - com.adore.attached.message
  • All Photo Translator - myphotocom.allfasttranslate.transationtranslator
  • SMS Chat - com.maskteslary.messages
  • Smile Emoji - com.balapp.smilewall.emoji
  • Wow Translator - com.imgtop.camtranslator
  • All Language Translate - com.exclusivez.alltranslate
  • Cool Messages - com.learningz.app.cool.messages
  • Blood Pressure Diary - bloodhold.nypressure.mainheart.ratemy.mo.depulse.app.tracker.diary
  • Chat Text SMS - com.echatsms.messageos
  • Hi Text SMS - ismos.mmsyes.message.texthitext.bobpsms
  • Emoji Theme Keyboard - com.gobacktheme.lovelyemojikeyboard
  • iMessager - start.me.messager
  • Text SMS - com.ptx.textsms
  • Camera Translator - com.haixgoback.outsidetext.languagecameratransla
  • Come Messages - com.itextsms.messagecoming
  • Painting Photo Editor - com.painting.pointeditor.photo
  • Rich Theme Message - com.getmanytimes.richsmsthememessenge
  • Quick Talk Message - mesages.qtsms.messenger
  • Advanced SMS - com.fromamsms.atadvancedmmsopp
  • Professional Messenger - com.akl.smspro.messenger
  • Classic Game Messenger - com.classcolor.formessenger.sic
  • Style Message - com.istyle.messagesty
  • Private Game Messages - com.message.game.india
  • Timestamp Camera - allready.taken.photobeauty.camera.timestamp
  • Social Message - com.colorsocial.message

Even though they have already been removed from the Play Store, these apps should still be present on many smartphones. These should be removed to keep users safe from security issues.

Android malware Google Play Store Joker

It should be noted that the degree of danger is high and that these apps have been installed more than 300,000 times. They were not detected by Android's protection systems, as the developers hid their malicious code with the rest of the apps.

This is just one of the many malware cases that are on the Android Play Store. This is one of the safest sources of apps for Google's system, but it still has a lot of problems as we can see once again.

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