Viruses can stalk from any device, computer, clear, let the coronavirus for another section. The first was Creeper, in the 70s, who had the honor of premiered the concept of computer virus. Since then, they have evolved so much that, despite the enormous annual budgets on cybersecurity issues, events have shown that neither companies nor governments are safe from cyber attacks with ransomware and malicious malware.
That is why, since forces and security bodies of the State, they alert the population every time a virus appears that can stay in their terminals and make their lives. Belgium Police, has warned in a communiqué published on its website, the return of the Joker virus, a Trojan who shares name with the Batman Nemesis, whose entanglement is to subscribe to the user to payment services on Android devices, without consent , Sure.
"This malicious program has been detected in eight Play Store applications that Google has suppressed," explains the text, although if you have any of them installed, they highly recommend uninstalling them.
According to researchers from the cybersecurity company Quick Heal Security Lab, this virus has access to text messages, contacts and a lot of phone information. In this way, it is able to subscribe to the owner of the terminal to websites that offer payment services, everything without earnings. "You risk a big surprise at the end of the month in your bank account or on your credit card," the Belgian police sentence, since the victims will find charges, of those who did not have knowledge, on the bill of the month.
The Trojan Joker virus belongs to a malware family known as Bread, present in malicious applications, whose objective is to authorize operations without the consent of the user, that is, subscribe to Premium Services. The scam is produced through SMS and payments by WAP (Wireless Application Protocol).
Two techniques that take advantage of the linking of operators with sellers to facilitate the payment of services with the mobile invoice. Even though both parties request verification of the device, they do not make it the user and Joker is 'silent' as to go unnoticed.
The first time there was a proof of this virus was in September 2019 and since the beginning of 2020, Google Play Protect has eliminated more than 1,700 affected applications before no user will download them. Although in the specific case of 24 Applications of Google Play, although they were eliminated, they had previously reached almost 500,000 downloads, affecting more than thirty countries, including US, Argentina, Brazil and Spain.
Although they are no longer in Google Play, if you have any of these applications, it immediately uninstall and review the charges in the bank account.
The affected apps are:
· Auxiliary Message
· Element Scanner
· Fast Magic SMS
· Free CamScanner
· Go Messages
· Super SMS
· Travel Wallpapers
A list that increases up to 19 applications in total, thanks to many other that you have found the ZSCaler cybersecurity company:
· Free Affluent Message
· PDF Photo Scanner
· Delux Keyboard
· Comply QR Scanner
· PDF Converter Scanner
· Font Style Keyboard
· Translate Free
· Saying Message
· Private Message
· Read Scanner
· Print ScannerUpdated Date: 05 September 2021, 05:39