Joker Virus Attack: The dreaded ‘Joker’ virus targeting Android devices, which was last reported active in July this year, is back on the Google Play Store. This malware is known to hide in Android apps and has now been detected in 15 apps. Tatyana Shishkova, the Android malware analyst at Kaspersky Labs, has revealed the detection of this virus on Twitter.
Mobile Security and Threat Analyst has shared the names of Android apps that currently carry the dreaded ‘Joker’ virus in the Google Play Store. A recurring virus in the Android App Store, the Joker virus steals user data. It infects apps in the Google Play Store through technologies such as payload-retrieve and modifying its code. Malware can extract private information like device details, address book, text messages, OTP etc.
List of apps infected with Joker malware
- Easy PDF Scanner
- Now QR Code Scan
- Super-Click VPN
- Volume Booster Louder Sound Equalizer
- Battery Charging Animation Bubble Effects )
- Smart TV Remote
- Volume Boosting Hearing Aid
- Flashlight Flash Alert on Call
- Halloween Coloring
- Classic Emoji Keyboard
- Superhero Effects Super Hero-Effect
- Dazzling Keyboard
- EmojiOne Keyboard
- Battery Charging Animation Wallpaper
- Blender Photo Editor-Easy Photo Background Editor
What is Joker Malware?
Joker malware infects apps listed on the Google Play Store. After a user downloads one of the infected apps, developers use its code to circumvent Play Store security guidelines each time the malware is detected. Make minor changes.
Malware steals user information like SMS, contact list and device information. The virus silently clicks on ads with the device in the background and gives users a premium service subscription.
The malware is capable of taking OTP from SMS to accept the payment secretly. After that, it will delete the OTP and bank SMS so that the user does not know about the incident. The user will come to know about this only when he checks his bank statement.
The Joker virus was first detected in 2017, during which time Google worked to reduce its impact on Android apps for a long time. The company also published a blog post in 2019 talking about its long battle with the Joker virus. Viruses are still detected on a dozen or more apps every few months. Google has recently removed some of these apps from the Play Store.