Google removed 11 apps from the Play Store that were infected with the notorious Joker malware. Google has been tracking these apps since 2017.
Check Point researchers discovered a new variant of the wildcard malware that was present in legitimate apps. These hackers have found a way to get users to subscribe to premium services without their knowledge.
Since hackers developed this old method of getting into apps, they could pass Google Play protection.
The Joker malware was found in 11 apps on the Play Store. According to Check Point, Google has removed all of these apps from its app store.
Android users who may have one of these apps installed should remove them immediately.
The list of recognized apps includes:
- com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)
Check Point added that despite Google Play’s security features, the Joker malware is still very tricky to detect. And it may very well make it back to the Play Store.
Earlier this year, Google released a report saying it had discovered 1,700 malicious “bread” apps and removed them from the Play Store. These bread apps are those with the Joker malware.
Google said these apps were removed before users could download them.
However, the wildcard malware has been lurking since 2017, and Google has been tracking such apps since 2017.