Google prohibits the hidden application from the Google Play Store containing the Joker malware. Google has asked users to remove it from their phones.
Google has issued another “Joker malware warning” for Android phone users. One of the most persistent malware found has been detected in an application. Worryingly, this app has already been downloaded over 500,000 times from the Google Play Store. Research firm Pradeo shared the information in a blog post. Acting on the basis of the information, Google banned the Google Play Store app on which the Joker malware was hidden. The application containing the Joker malware is called Color Message and was available on the Google Play Store.
Although the Color Message app has been removed from the Google Play Store, it has already been installed by over half a million users. Since the app has been removed from the Google Play Store, it will no longer be able to trap new users. However, users who have already installed the app should remove it from their phone on their own. Find out what the Color Message app is and how Joker malware can affect your device
What is Color Message app with hidden Joker malware that got banned from Google Play Store
The Color Message app offers features to liven up users’ messages by offering a range of customization options. The app makes texting easy, fun and beautiful by offering personalized themes. The unique technology of this app allows users to customize default SMS messaging. In what is even more shocking, the app had over 1,800 reviews with an average rating of four stars.
What Joker malware does and how it affects users’ phones
Joker is one of the most dangerous Android malware. Categorized as a Fleecewear app, it steals SMS messages, contact lists and device information. It signs users up for premium service subscriptions without their knowledge. In addition, it simulates clicks and intercepts text messages including users’ bank messages.
Google first detected the Joker malware in 2017. Besides the Color Message app, there are several other Google Play Store apps like Safety AppLock, Convenient Scanner 2, Emoji Wallpaper, Separate Doc Scanner, Fingertip GameBox, Easy PDF Scanner, Super-Click VPN, Volume Booster Louder Sound Equalizer, Flashlight Alert on Call and other applications have also been detected with Joker Malware.