Joker, Android malware continues to appear in the Play Store

Kaspersky analysts have uncovered new traces of the Joker malware in the Play Store: between the end of October and last week a handful of apps, fortunately not very widespread , was reported and abruptly deleted by Google. As usual, apps disguised themselves as common and generic utilities such as barcode scanners, PDF file readers, keyboards, wallpapers, and equalizers. Overall, the download count is around 70. 000 + , using statistics from the Play Store itself as an indicator, but an app has reached quota 50. 000, for the others only the “crumbs” remain.

# Joker Android Trojans on Google Play: https: //t.co/SR 94 u4iVXI Nov 4, 10 + installshttps : //t.co/YIcWA6BKVB Nov 5, 1+ installs pic.twitter.com/nrbdSi0Vyh

– Tatyana Shishkova (@ sh1shk0va) November 11, 2021

It has already been four years since the malware named by the same name as Batman’s nemesis infests the Android world and reappears cyclically – despite Play Protect and all AI defenses deployed by Google and various partners. There are already over 1. 700 the “dropper” apps containing numerous variants of the virus removed from the Play Store over the course of years. The virus is so widespread that it even appeared on the App Gallery, Huawei’s alternative store set up by the company after the US ban.

The malware began its “career” especially as a vehicle for conducting SMS scams, according to Google, but over the years it has evolved and expanded its capabilities. Now able to steal personal information, subscribe users to unwanted subscription services without the slightest interaction on their part and many other atrocities. Below is the updated list of recently removed apps, based on the publications of analyst Tatyana Shiskova:

  • Now QRcode Scan
  • EmojiOne Keyboard
  • Battery Charging Animations Battery Wallpaper
  • Dazzling Keyboard
  • Volume Booster Louder Sound Equalizer
  • Super Hero-Effect
  • Classic Emoji Keyboard
  • Smart TV Remote
  • Halloween Coloring
  • Easy PDF Scanner
  • Battery Charging Animation Bubble Effects
  • Flashlight Flash Alert on Call


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