Google Removed Atleast 17 Apps Infected with Jocker Malware

From July to September, Google has removed about 17 apps from the Play Store affected by Jocker malware. It was found by a cybersecurity firm, Zscaler.

You might have already heard about Jocker malware as it is not at all new. The main thing that makes it extremely hard for anyone to find the malware is a little amount of code used by it.

jocker malware affected apps

Here’s the full list of apps that are affected by the Jocker malware and removed from Google Play Store between July to September. The full list was shared by the cybersecurity firm on their blog post.

  1. All Good PDF Scanner
  2. Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
  3. Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
  4. Tangram App Lock
  5. Direct Messenger
  6. Private SMS
  7. One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
  8. Style Photo Collage
  9. Meticulous Scanner
  10. Desire Translate
  11. Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
  12. Care Message
  13. Part Message
  14. Paper Doc Scanner
  15. Blue Scanner
  16. Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
  17. All Good PDF Scanner

Google took immediate action to remove these apps from the Play Store and users could no longer download this from the store. It is also highly recommended that you uninstall these apps from your phone if installed already as it is highly vulnerable.

As per Zscaler, the affected apps were downloaded by users about 120,000 times in the past. The malware uses a special type of technique called ‘Dopper’ that makes it extremely hard for Google’s security scan to find the existence of the same.

Refer to the official blog post to find everything about the Jocker Malware and apps affected by the same. Everything is available at the Zscalers’ blog post.

Make sure to run a quick check to see if any of these apps are installed on your phone for that matter. Also, make sure to uninstall it right away if you found anyone of them.

Astro K Joseph
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