It has been a while since the malware Joker it did not combine damage, and certainly the owners of an Android smartphone did not miss it. But these days he has tried to hit again, using the apps of the Google Play Store: luckily he was stopped almost immediately.
In the past few hours, Mountain View has removed 11 apps with malware from the Google Play Store: apparently harmless and equal to all the applications that millions and millions of people download every day. But in reality they hid Joker malware inside them, or rather an unedited, revised and corrected version. He was able to immediately take action on the device of the unsuspecting user, then to download other malware in cascade, and everyone started to perform subscriptions to various paid services, in addition to stealing the wretched person’s personal data where possible.
Check Point researchers, however, spotted it almost immediately. This time the Joker malware acted in a very subtle way, so as to avoid not so much the attention of the owner of an Android smartphone as the sophisticated Mountain View control systems; hence its landing on the Google Play Store (in recent times apps with malware preferred to steal Facebook credentials).
Now the 11 offending apps are no longer available for download, but you may have inadvertently downloaded them: here is the complete list with all apps with malware, so you can delete them immediately:
- com.cheery.message.sendsms (due versioni)