This is a new Trojan that was found in 24 Google Play applications.


New virus detected in Google Play that steals money from its victims
New virus detected in Google Play that steals money from its victims

Users of the Google Play online application repository are exposed to a new Trojan virus that can steal users' personal data. But also their money in real-time has been detected in 24 applications.

An article published on the Medium platform warns. The virus has been called Joker and was detected by the company's malware analyst CSIS Security Group, Aleksejs Kuprins.

It is estimated that about 37 countries, including the US, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain, may be affected by the virus.

The virus is intended to silently enroll users in premium subscription services and thus steal them up to $ 7 per week, as detected by Kuprins in the case of Denmark.

Kuprins stressed that it is difficult to notice the existence of these subscriptions unless a user is very diligent in verifying their monthly credit card statements.

Also, international reports warn that ‘Joker’ can steal the victim’s contact list and information on their device.

The Google search engine has already removed the 24 applications from its store. But Kuprins warns about the importance of reviewing the transaction history. As well as paying close attention to the list of permissions to which one or another app has access.

In April 2019, more than 200 applications infected by a malicious code nicknamed “Simbad” were also detected, which were available in the official Google Play store.

The main functionality of the malware is to display advertising, and although the applications were removed, users who installed any of them must delete them manually.

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