Android smartphones has become one of the world’s most popular devices today, all thanks to Google and Samsung.
Android Users are to be careful with the apps they install in their smartphones as hackers has taken over the operation of some of the apps on the internet.
Check Point Researchers has listed 11 (eleven) apps dimmed malicious and dangerous for Android smartphone users.
Some of the affected apps include; a memory game, a file-recovery app, a flower wallpapers app, an alarm app, among other apps that offer relaxation or cheery messages.
With the new pattern for hackers, this apps contains a type of malware known better as Joker, this happens to be one of the very known types of Android malware.
“One of the very known types of Android malware known better as Joker, keeps finding its way into Google’s application market (Google Play Store), this is as a result of a little changes made to its code, which this enables this malware to pass Google Play store’s security screening and even Google vetting barriers.
“In recent time, the brain behind the android malware ‘Joker’ decided to adopt an old technique from the conventional PC threat landscape and this was used by this hackers in the mobile app world to stop detection by Tech giants, Google,” Check Point researchers said in a blog post.
Joker used this technique to hid in what we might term ‘seemingly legitimate applications’ and then installed ‘additional’ malware to unsuspecting users Android devices, the researchers further said.
When this malware is installed on users device which was done without their knowledge, the malware will then proceed to ‘subscribes the said user to premium services without their knowledge or consent.’
As we write, this malicious apps have all been removed from the Google Play Store.
Check Point advises that if you still suspect that you might still have this malicious apps on your phone, you should do below things;
1. Rush and uninstall the infected application(s) from your phone.
2. Unsubscribe if possible from any service especially if you check your device and credit-card bills and discovered that you have been signed up for any subscriptions.
3. For future prevention, install a suitable and trusted security solution.
Below is the complete list of the 11 (eleven) dangerous applications: