By Pallavi Mitra
comeback through making a bypass to the security measures taken.
Tatyana Shishkova, who is an analyst from the cyber security firm Kaspersky, found the Joker malware having infected around 14 Android apps at least. Since its discovery in 2017, it has made it a challenge for
The Joker malware falls under the ‘Fleeceware’ category, and its end game is to steal your money without your
notice. It simulates clicks and intercepts text messages or SMS, subscribing you to unwanted paid premium services
without taking any permission. It can also click on ads automatically when online. The SMS interception allows it to read OTPs directly to then secretly approve online payments. It will go completely under the radar of a regular user, until one checks their bank statements. You will end up paying for online apps or services unbeknownst to you.
Pradeo has found that the following apps are currently infected by this malware:
1. Color Message
2. Safety AppLock
3. Convenient Scanner 2
4. Push Message-Texting&SMS
5. Emoji Wallpaper
6. Separate Doc Scanner
7. Fingertip GameBox
It is advisable to remove these apps immediately from your phone in order to protect it.
Pallavi is an intern with TechGig.