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Google removes 17 apps from Play Store that intend to gain user data access

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Google has removed 17 suspicious applications from its store that were trying to gain user data access.

Key Notes

  • Totally 17 applications have removed from the Google Play Store.
  • All the deleted applications were infected with Joker aka Bread malware.
  • The malware is specially designed to steal device information, SMS, and contact lists.

Google has removed 17 apps from Play Store that were infected with Joker malware is also known as Bread. A California based security company, Zscaler, spotted these malicious applications.

According to Zscaler security researcher Viral Gandhi, “”This spyware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, along with silently signing up the victim for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services,”

All the 17 Applications were uploaded this month on Google Play Store and failed to gain a following. After noticing the malicious apps of which intention was to gain unauthorized access to users’ data, the company’s Android Security team took prompt action to remove the apps from the Play Store.

Before removal, the suspected applications gained around 120,000 downloads as Zscaler noted in a blog post. The deleted apps from the Google Play Store are:

  • All Good PDF Scanner
  • Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
  • Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
  • Tangram App Lock
  • Direct Messenger
  • Private SMS
  • One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
  • Style Photo Collage
  • Meticulous Scanner
  • Desire Translate
  • Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
  • Care Message
  • Part Message
  • Paper Doc Scanner
  • Blue Scanner
  • Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
  • All Good PDF Scanner

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