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posted by janrinok on Tuesday August 24, @07:11PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the why-so-zero-ous dept.

The 'Joker' Virus Has Returned to Android: Empty Your Bank Accounts Without You Noticing It and It is Hidden in These Apps on the Google Play Store:

The Belgian Police warned about the return of the 'Joker' virus, which attacks Android devices and hides itself in various applications on the Google Play Store. This malware is capable of subscribing the user to payment services without their authorization and emptying their bank accounts without them noticing.

"This malicious program has been detected in eight Play Store applications that Google has suppressed," said the Belgian authorities in a statement published this Friday on their website.

The 'Joker' malware became famous in 2017 for infecting and robbing its victims by hiding in different applications. Since then, the Google Play Store defense systems have removed around 1,700 apps with the 'Joker' malware before they were downloaded by users.

[...] Researchers from the cybersecurity company Quick Heal Security Lab, cited in the statement, explain that this virus can enter text messages, contacts and other information on the infected smartphone.

[...] On this occasion, the harmful applications that the Google Play Store eliminated after detecting that they contained the 'Joker' virus are:

  • Auxiliary Message
  • Element Scanner
  • Fast Magic SMS
  • Free CamScanner
  • Go Messages
  • Super Message
  • Super SMS
  • Travel Wallpapers

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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24, @07:55PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24, @07:55PM (#1170488)

    That 30% that app developers have to hand over to App Store keepers... Isn't the whole argument that they prevent these badness things from being present in said App Stores? How's that working out? Are you telling me that that 30% isn't actually for that and really is about stuffing coffers?

    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Tuesday August 24, @09:13PM

      by Tork (3914) on Tuesday August 24, @09:13PM (#1170513)

      Isn't the whole argument that they prevent these badness things from being present in said App Stores? How's that working out?

      That depends. Are you asking about Google... or Apple? ;)

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      Slashdolt Logic: "24 year old jokes about sharks and lasers are +5, Funny." 💩
  • (Score: 4, Funny) by DannyB on Tuesday August 24, @08:58PM (3 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 24, @08:58PM (#1170510) Journal

    And put a mask on them!

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    Shhhhh! Don't tell anyone . . . the microchips are not in the vaccine but are in the Ivermectin!
    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Tuesday August 24, @11:19PM (1 child)

      by Tork (3914) on Tuesday August 24, @11:19PM (#1170560)
      "NO way! I want the FREEDOM to become part of a botnet*!! Oh and since I'm making this argument I can't possibly just decide to agree to make the same decision you did about better app-acquisition practices...."

      * based on a true story.
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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @12:29AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @12:29AM (#1170591)

        I want the FREEDOM to become part of a botnet*!!

        Isn't that what app permissions are (supposed to be) for?

        If Google made that mechanism not work as it should, it is reason enough for any other "decisions" of theirs be presumed malicious unless proven otherwise. Their numerous actions that HAD been malicious, are simply a confirmation for the wisdom of that approach.

        When a proven bad actor, known to see you as but a number in a ledger, suddenly and noisily "cares about you", rest assured that you are going to be shafted.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @01:34AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @01:34AM (#1170612)

      There is too much vaccine hesitancy among android users.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24, @08:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24, @08:59PM (#1170511)

    Quick someone port the BATMAN mesh net to the Android so it can catch the Joker!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @01:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, @01:30AM (#1170609)

    Ha ha, now it is stuck in your head too!
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    I'm a picker, I'm a grinner, . . .

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