A new variant targeted Android users to subscribe them to premium services without their consent, according to Check Point Research.
Google sometimes has a tough time keeping malware out of its mobile app store. Though the company employs Google Play Protect to scan and vet apps that contain malware, savvy cybercriminals can devise ways to sneak past those defenses.
Always a thorn in Google’s side, the Joker malware arrived as a new variant a few months ago and evaded Google Play Protect to infect legitimate apps and sign people up to premium services. A blog post published Thursday by the cyber threat intelligence provider Check Point Research explains how this new version worked and what to do if you think one of the apps may still be on your Android device.
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Discovered by Check Point, the malware was a new flavor