Android app users are warned by police to remove potentially dangerous apps Google removes them from the Play Store

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Android app users are warned by police to remove potentially dangerous apps
Google removes them from the Play Store

All Android users are being warned about a new Android threat. This is a warning you don’t want. Police officers in Belgium are urging users to delete eight apps from their smartphones and tablets after Google removed the offending apps from the Play Store in a fresh ban. All of these apps contain “Joker”, a dangerous malware that can infect all phones it touches. The Play Store app removal will help protect people more from downloading the malicious apps. However, it won’t be able to assist those who already downloaded them. Police have warned.

Joker can install premium dialers and hidden spyware onto your devices. This will allow you to sign up for expensive monthly subscriptions. Some victims paid more than PS240 per year in the past for fraudulent subscriptions.

Belgium’s police posted a message on their website warning people about the dangers of Joker virus. Joker is back in Android’s environment. The malware was found in eight apps on the Play Store. Google has since removed them, however, if one is already installed, you should remove it immediately.

Researchers at the cybersecurity firm Quick Heal Security Lab claim that this Joker virus is capable of accessing text messages and contacts, as well as other information, on mobile phones.

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Zimperium security firm, claims that over 1000 new Joker samples have been discovered since its last report in 2020. The company warns that hackers have found numerous new ways to infect official as well unofficial apps stores with this malware.

Zimperium explained that Joker Trojans, which are malignant Android apps, have been around since 2017. They’re known for performing fraudulent bill payments and subscribing to premium services. The outcome of successful mobile infections is financial gain to the cybercriminal. This is often under the noses of victims until the money disappears with very little or no recovery options.

These are top tips for keeping your Android smartphone safe from hackers

* Only download applications from verified sources such as Google Play Store

* Don’t click on any links sent to you via messages, or other social media platforms.

* Disable installation from an unknown source

Before you accept/allow any additional permissions, make sure to read the messages that pop up from Android.

Publited at 17:00:15 – 0000

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