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    Google has removed over 30 malware-infected apps from its Play Store between July and September. These apps were infected with Joker malware. So if you still have these apps installed on your phone then you must delete it now.

    Android Joker Malware Infected Apps By Nitin Pandey

    The Joker malware also called Bread, steals money and information from users by subscribing them to the unwanted premium paid subscriptions without their knowledge. It first simulates interaction with ads without user’s knowledge and intercepts SMS to subscribe to unwanted paid services including OTP (One Time Password) to initiate payments.

    You should immediately uninstall these malware-infected apps if any of these apps are installed in your Android phone.

    In the time period between July and September, Google has removed more than 30 apps from Google Play Store because they were inflected by Joker malware.

    The Joker malware is not new but lately has been challenging for Android app developers as it is so hard to detect due to the little amount of code it uses. Also, malware like these uses a different technique called ‘Dropper’ to bypass Google’s security scan and sneak into the user’s device.

    Here is the official list of infected apps by announced by Google, which has been removed from Play Store:

    • Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
    • Style Photo Collage
    • Blue Scanner
    • All Good PDF Scanner
    • Meticulous Scanner
    • Paper Doc Scanner
    • Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
    • Direct Messenger
    • Private SMS
    • Care Message
    • Part Message
    • One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
    • Desire Translate
    • Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
    • Push Message- Texting & SMS
    • All Good PDF Scanner
    • Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
    • Safety AppLock
    • Fingertip GameBox
    • Emoji Wallpapers
    • com.file.recovefiles
    • Convenient Scanner 2
    • Separate Doc Scanner
    • com.relax.relaxation.androidsms
    • com.hmvoice.friendsms
    • com.peason.lovinglovemessage
    • com.LPlocker.lockapps

    According to Google’s blog post earlier this week, Android’s security team claims that it has taken down more than 15,000 apps since the beginning of the year 2017.

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