Alarm bells have gone off for Android users. The dangerous Joker malware is back, the Belgian Police announced in a statement.
This malware can subscribe the victim to paid services via Android devices. Researchers from the company Quick Heal Security Lab, the “Joker” can access text messages, contacts, and any other information on the mobile, allowing you to subscribe to any paid service.
“This malware has been detected in eight Play Store apps that Google has removed,” the police reported.
Among the apps that used this virus are Auxiliary Message, Element Scanner, Fast Magic SMS, Free Cam Scanner, Go Messages, Super Message, Super SMS, and Travel Wallpaper.
With this situation, the most advisable thing to do is that users who have some of these programs associated with them should clean up as soon as possible.
What is the Android Joker virus?
The first time it was detected occurred in 2017, managing to deceive dozens of users through messaging applications and others dedicated to the payment of taxes.
Joker belongs to a malware family called Bread. Its main objective is to enter the invoices of the telenovela or authorize operations without the user’s consent.
The Play Store has removed 1,700 applications with the malware before being downloaded by users. Last September the company removed 24 apps that together had reached more than 500 thousand downloads.
Previously Joker attacked through the messaging function, but now it has started to attack online payments.