These 8 Android Apps on Your Phone Are Malware-Ridden

CheckPoint researchers have discovered two families of malware in several Android apps, named Haken and Joker. Both the families will mimic clicks on ads that will lead you to a malware attack without you having an idea of it.

With the help of these new malware, bad actors can also get access to data on your phone or anything that is stored on your device or displayed on your screen. Apart from it, hackers can also lead you to sign up for premium subscriptions that will allow them to steal your data (Yes, without your permission!).

Some of the apps with malware are:
  • Kids coloring
  • Compass
  • qrcode
  • Fruits coloring book
  • Soccer coloring book
  • Fruit jump tower
  • Ball number shooter
  • Inongdan
These apps look legitimate from the outside, but they are not. Some of them are camera apps and some are kids’ apps that come with no warning signs to let you know what you might lose if you have them in your device.

These apps were downloaded on about 50,000 Android devices; however, they are not as much compared to the 25 apps discovered in the last September that was downloaded about 2 million times.

Uninstall these apps as soon as possible if you have them on your smartphone. Also, check for any unauthorized transactions done by these apps and unsubscribe to any subscriptions on all these apps.

Google Play Store has removed these apps, but always be careful before downloading any app on your device.

Google is working with full force to curb shady apps and developers, just recently the tech giant removed 600 apps for practicing malicious activities, yet, new reports suggest Google need even more advance protection mechanism to truly secure its users.

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