Google removes 17 Joker-infected apps from Play Store

 Google removes 17 Joker-infected apps from Play Store

The search engine giant, Google has increased its scrutiny on malicious apps on Play Store. The search engine giant has recently removed 17 apps from the Play Store. 


The latest list of 17 apps was reported by security researchers from Zscaler. These apps were found infected with Joker or Bread malware. 

The data suggests that these apps have been downloaded for 120,000 times before the malware infection was detected. 

The app removed from Play Store are as follows: 

1.All Good PDF Scanner

2.Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons

3.Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message

4.Tangram App Lock

5.Private SMS

6.Direct Messenger

7.One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator

8.Style Photo Collage

9.Desire Translate

10.Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus

11.Care Message

12.All Good PDF Scanner

13.Meticulous Scanner

14.Part Message

15.Blue Scanner

16.Paper Doc Scanner

17.Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF

Joker is among the prominent malware that is continually attacking Android-based devices. Google is aware of the malware but it has been difficult for the tech giant to protect Android users from this malware. 

Joker is designed to steal sensitive information such as contact list, device information, SMS messages from the affected phones. 

Over the last few months, Google has removed several apps infected by Joker. This is the third time Google is removing a bunch of infected apps. 

Although Google has a strong security filtering mechanism, these apps bypass the mechanism using a technique called 'droppers'. 

Google had said in January that Joker is among the most persistent malware posing threat to Android users. The company also states that it has removed over 1,700 apps so far.

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