Google has removed 17 mobile apps able to steal a user’s money and personal information, including SMSes and call lists.
Remove Now! Google Removed 17 Apps with "Joker Malware" From Google Play Store
Google has removed 17 mobile apps able to steal a user’s money and personal information, including SMSes and call lists.

The corporate has removed the malicious applications from the Google Play Store, which means they will no longer be obtainable for download via Play Store, following a research by California-based IT security firm known as Zscaler. 

The agency monitored the 17 apps and found that they were infected with the "Joker malware" that keeps searching its method to the Google Play Store by making changes in its code. The apps are mentioned to have a complete of 120,000 installations, so in case you've downloaded them, it's best to uninstall them immediately.

The infected apps include PDF scanners, translators, messengers, collage maker, and app lock. In an announcement, Zscaler security researcher stated, “Joker is one of the most prominent malware families that continually targets Android devices. Despite awareness of this particular malware, it keeps finding its way into Google’s official application market by employing changes in its code, execution methods, or payload-retrieving techniques. This spyware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information along with silently signing up the victim for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services.”

Right here’s a listing of 17 infected apps removed from Google Play Store:
  1. Mint Leaf Message-Your Non-public Message
  2. Distinctive Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
  3. All Good PDF Scanner
  4. Tangram App Lock
  5. Direct Messenger
  6. One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
  7. Non-public SMS
  8. Type Picture Collage
  9. Meticulous Scanner
  10. Want Translate
  11. Expertise Picture Editor – Blur focus
  12. Care Message
  13. Hummingbird PDF Converter – Picture to PDF    
  14. Half Message
  15. Paper Doc Scanner
  16. Blue Scanner
  17. All Good PDF Scanner

 The cybersecurity researchers suggest users pay close attention to the permission checklist within the applications that you set up in your Android device.

All the time read the comment or opinions on the app page and be careful with the risky permissions associated with SMS, call logs, contacts, storage, and more to keep away from being a victim of hackers.
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