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Belgian Police warns, while Google suppresses these 8 apps affected with the Joker virus


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Last Updated on 22/11/2021 by Khushi

Belgian Police warns, while Google suppresses these 8 apps affected with the Joker virus 1
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The Belgian Police warned users of Android devices about the return of the Joker virus. It is a persistent infection that can steal sensitive information from users’ devices. The Joker virus can secretly install itself on Android devices by tricking users into downloading a fraudulent app. It can then access their payment services without their consent.

There are 8 apps in play store that Google has caught in Google Play Store and these apps are under strict vigilance now. Google, thereon, has suppressed these apps, as reported by Belgian Police. It is in fact, a matter of coincidence that these same apps were detected by Quick Heal Security Labs, earlier in the month of June this year.

After Google removed these apps from its Play Store due to the threat of the Joker virus, it is recommending that the users should remove them from their devices. Unfortunately, there are still a number of Android users who are infected with this harmful software. The list of the concerned apps are as follows:

Free CamScanner

Super Message

Auxiliary Message

Go Messages

Super SMS

Travel Wallpapers

Fast Magic SMS

Element Scanner

The Joker is a persistent Android malware that steals sensitive information such as your phone’s contact list, SMS, and more. It was first detected in 2017. According to researchers, the app sends users’ data to a server that’s designed to steal them.

“You risk a big surprise at the end of the month in your bank account or on your credit card,” claimed the Belgian Police. The app subscribes to the Premium (paid) versions because of the virus, with zero knowledge about the same with the users.

Khushi is an avid reader and loves analyzing companies in the digital space. Her interest is in online marketing, business, startups, and politics. She does everything perfectly by taking extra time.
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