Android security: Six more apps containing Joker malware removed from Google Play Store


Cybersecurity researchers have unmasked six applications on the Google Play Store with a combined total of over 200,000 downloads in yet another example of the highly persistent malware that has been plaguing Android users for the past three years.

Joker malware pretends to be a legitimate app in the Play Store but after installation, conducts billing fraud by either sending SMS messages to a premium rate number or using the victim’s account to repeatedly make purchases using WAP billing, which also lines the pockets of Joker’s operators.

The activity occurs behind the scenes and without any input required from the user, meaning they often won’t find out that they’ve been scammed until they receive a phone bill full of additional charges.


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