Google has banned four popular apps from its official Play Store, which were loaded with dangerous malware that could secretly steal your money.
And if you have any of these apps on your device, be sure to delete them today.
These apps secretly hide a dangerous “Joker” program that is able to register Android users for expensive subscription services without their knowledge. The four dangerous Android apps, now banned by Google for good, were discovered by security firm Pradeo, which revealed its latest findings in an online post.
The apps that Android users need to avoid include smart SMS messages, blood pressure monitor, voice language translator, and quick SMS. Pradeo asked Android users to immediately delete these apps from their phones or tablets, if they have already downloaded them.
The mobile security company said: “Pradeo has just identified four new malicious apps that include the ‘Joker’ malware, which are available for download on Google Play. They have been jointly installed by more than 100,000 users. Users are advised to immediately delete these apps from their phones smartphones and tablets to avoid fraudulent activities. Pradeo said that both the smart SMS and the blood pressure app have a very dangerous feature, which is the ability to read one-time passwords.
These time-limited codes are used when two-factor authentication (2FA) is turned on, which is intended to provide an extra layer of security.
Pradeo said that the smart SMS steals these codes by taking screenshots, while the blood pressure accesses the content of the notifications. And all of this happens without the knowledge of the victim, as users notice the fraud too late when they receive their bills which can be weeks later. Besides this dangerous function, all apps and most notably Pradeo are capable of downloading other malware onto the device.