It has been reported that six dangerous apps – that are found on Android devices – can fleece you out of thousands due to being loaded with a dangerous malware dubbed Joker, security researchers have discovered. Researchers from Pradeo explained: “Joker is a malicious bot (categorized as Fleeceware) which main activity is to simulate clicks and intercept SMS to subscribe to unwanted paid premium services unbeknownst to users.
Joker is difficult to detect, but Lookout researchers continue to see it popping up in Android apps. The size of our mobile dataset allows us to leverage security telemetry of over 100 million mobile apps to detect and protect against the latest apps infected with Joker. Because of how frequently Joker and other discreet malware appear in a wide variety of apps, mobile users need to leverage mobile security in order to keep themselves and their organizations safe. Especially in a time of global remote work, mobile devices and tablets are used for both work and personal reasons. If you download an app infected with Joker or other malware, you’re giving the threat actor access to your personal data as well as any company data you access from that device.