Recently, Google had to remove over fifty apps from the Play Store. Why ? Well, simply because they spread the Joker, Coper and Facestealer malware once downloaded. Don’t worry, Objeko’s editorial staff will tell you everything about it. You are ready?
What is Malware?
Since its inception, IT has had to deal with the threat of malware hanging over users. But what is it exactly? Well, we’ll tell you right away. So, what we know is that the term is a generic term that designates any type of malicious software. This is in particular designed to infiltrate your device without your knowledge. And of course, there are plenty of malware out there, and each pursues its nefarious goals with a different approach.
Today we are going to tell you about the Joker malware specifically. And this one is fleeceware. Yes said like that, it sounds like gibberish. However, it is very easy to understand. Its purpose is to subscribe to paid services without the user’s consent, and to initiate calls and SMS to paid numbers. And unfortunately, it has been found in more than 1,000 applications in the last three years…
Other malware may be lurking
Malware is hidden in various and varied applications. Indeed, you can find them in photo editing applications, blood pressure monitoring, voice translation or even instant messaging. Incredible, isn’t it? What’s worse is that in addition to subscribing to paid services, Joker steals your usernames and passwords in order to bypass two-factor authentication. Unfortunately, users only realize this after receiving the invoice.
Also, these apps are programmed to download other apps to your devices. And thus expose you to other types of malware. And precisely, we will see what other malware it is. So what we can tell you is that some apps contain Coper and Facestealer malware. And like Joker, they are able to siphon off your usernames and passwords. And therefore to take control of your devices or to steal large amounts of personal data.
How to avoid downloading malicious applications?