The Joker virus steals money from Android users


The Joker virus, hiding in popular applications from Google Play, stole money by automatically registering Android users on services requiring subscription. Malicious software can capture SMS codes. In this way, he automatically charged the victim's credit card with small amounts, on the order of several dozen zlotys a month. People who do not check bank statements thoroughly may not notice for a long time that they are being robbed.


According to Aleksejs Kuprins of CSIS, the malware could be found in 24 applications from the Google Play store, which were downloaded almost half a million times. Google has already removed these applications, but it's worth checking to see if any of them drain your wallet:

Joker and his applications

  • Advocate Wallpaper
  • Age face
  • Altar Message
  • Antivirus Security – Security Scan
  • Beach Camera
  • Board picture editing
  • Certain Wallpaper
  • Climate SMS
  • Collate Face Scanner
  • Cute Camera
  • Dazzle Wallpaper
  • Declare Message
  • Display Camera
  • Great VPN
  • Humor Camera
  • Ignite Clean
  • Leaf Face Scanner
  • Mini Camera
  • Print Plant scan
  • Rapid Face Scanner
  • Reward Clean
  • Ruddy SMS
  • Soby Camera
  • Spark Wallpaper

To guard against theft, it's a good idea to limit the permissions of applications to use contacts, text messages, as well as screen and camera capture.