Google Bans 11 More Android Apps



Tech World

July 13, 2020, 3:31 p.m.

After banning 30+ apps from the Play Store, Google has banned 11 more apps and shockingly the apps are popular.

The newly banned apps were discovered to be signing unsuspecting users up to expensive premium rate services without their permission.

It was discovered by team CheckPoint that all these apps featured a new version of a malware named Joker, a well-known billing fraud bug that has been causing damages for a number of years.

The Joker malware steals money from users by subscribing them to paid subscriptions without their consent.

It first simulates interaction with ads without users' knowledge and then steals the victim's SMS messages including OTP to authenticate payments.

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Speaking about the new threat, Aviran Hazum, Manager of Mobile Research for CheckPoint said they found the bug hiding in the “essential information” file every Android application is required to have.

He also stated that their latest findings indicated that Google Play Store protections were not enough. Also they were able to detect numerous cases of Joker uploads on a weekly basis to Google Play, all of which were downloaded by unsuspecting users.

“The Joker malware is tricky to detect, despite Google’s investment in adding Play Store protections. Although Google removed the malicious apps from the Play Store, we can fully expect Joker to adapt again. Everyone should take the time to understand what Joker is and how it can affect them.” he added.

The list, though is yet to be released, comprises messaging, image-compression and file recovery apps.

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