If you are an Android smartphone user, you must immediately check whether your device is infected with a malware attack or not. If yes, then your bank account may be empty. Joker malware is back on the Google Play Store. It was first detected in 2017 and has become the most popular choice for cybercriminals to attack the phones of Android users. Now Joker malware has been found on an app that has already been downloaded 5,00,000 times from Google Play Store. The app that poses a serious threat to such a large number of users is known as Color Message.
If you are an Android Smartphone user, then this news is for you. Joker malware has been found on an app that has already been downloaded 5,00,000 times from the Google Play Store. The app that poses a serious threat to such a large number of users is known as Color Message.
Color message infected with Joker malware
It claims to make your SMS texting more fun with new emojis. But a team of researchers from mobile security solutions firm Pradeo found that the app that promises to deliver a “fun and beautiful” messaging experience is actually infected with the Joker malware.
Being cheated like this
Security firm Joker classifies malware as Fleecewear and its primary function is to duplicate clicks and capture SMS to trick users into subscribing to premium services with unsolicited payments. Color Message does the same. Surprisingly, the malware detection is almost a year old but still it was available on Google Play Store till December 16. However, Google Play Store has banned the app from the store. However, the app is still a security concern for users who downloaded it earlier.
What needs to be done?
If you are one of the 50,000 people who have downloaded the Joker infected Color Messages app, remove it from your device immediately. You can directly press the app icon in your menu to get the uninstall option. In addition, you can open your Google Play Store and then head to the menu, where you will find My Apps.
Are you safe after uninstalling?
Apparently not! Uninstalling or deleting an app is not enough to make your device free from its harm. As in the case of the Color Messages app, uninstalling it won’t be enough to cancel the subscriptions you’ve been secretly signed up for because of malware.
For that, you have to re-open the Google Play Store and proceed to Subscription in the menu. Check all the premium subscriptions you’ve signed up for, and if any of them look suspicious, select them, and then cancel the subscription, then you’ll have to follow the on-screen instructions. Now you will be completely safe from harm.