Joker malware infects 11 Play Store apps using new tricks; your Android smartphone under threat

The Joker malware is notorious for aggressive 'billing' by signing up users for premium services using SMS. —

Android malware is becoming increasingly prevalent as more and more users come online. However, there is an enormous threat present on the Internet that can cause a lot of trouble for users. This happens through smartphone malware, which can steal user data, compromise user privacy, snoop on other apps and encrypt data. The Joker malware is an infamous example of Android malware, which has also managed to spread undetected via the Google Play Store.

Cybersecurity researchers have found that a total of 11 apps were recently discovered that were infected with the Joker malware and were found on the Play Store, as spotted by ZDNet – the researchers said the apps can also 'conduct financial fraud'. They had managed to notch up 30,000 installs on the store. The researchers, from Zscaler's ThreatLabz found that the apps offered features for productivity, communication and other utilities like keyboards. Google has reportedly already removed these apps from the Play Store.

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