researchers are sounding the alarm over 24 Android apps laced with a stealthy trojan
that signs you up for a costly subscription without your permission. If you’ve
downloaded any of the 24 apps, delete them now and check your bank statements
for any suspicious activity!
within the advertisement frameworks and not exposing too much of its malicious
code out in the open, the Joker is a stealthy piece of malware that made its
way onto Google Play as early as June.
leeches money out of its victims by signing them up for premium subscription
services through automated clicks behind ad banners, security researcher
Aleksejs Kuprins warns. The Joker even copies the authorization code sent to
the user via SMS and steals the user’s entire address book.
As reported by TechCrunch, so far, these 24 apps are known to be laced with the Joker Trojan:
- Advocate Wallpaper
- Age Face
- Altar Message
- Antivirus Security – Security Scan
- Beach Camera
- Board picture editing
- Certain Wallpaper
- Climate SMS
- Collate Face Scanner
- Cute Camera
- Dazzle Wallpaper
- Declare Message
- Display Camera
- Great VPN
- Humour Camera
- Ignite Clean
- Leaf Face Scanner
- Mini Camera
- Print Plant scan
- Rapid Face Scanner
- Reward Clean
- Ruddy SMS
- Soby Camera
- Spark Wallpaper
removed them from Play Store, so there’s no danger of anyone downloading one of
these apps again. However, there is no guarantee that no other apps have been
infected. Also, if one of these apps is still on your phone, delete it pronto!
And check your bank statement for any subscriptions you haven’t personally signed
For those interested, Kuprins has an in-depth analysis of the Joker and how it works.
Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android detects Joker and all its variants as Android.Trojan.Downloader.TL and blocks it.
As a rule of
thumb, always keep close tabs on your device’s permissions when downloading
apps from the Google Play store. Stay safe out there!