The Scotsman reported on 21 July 2022 that Google has banned 50 Android applications from the Playstore.
The applications were banned based on a discovery by an IT security company named Zscaler that identified that these applications had stolen personal details, and intercepted private texts. It was also identified that these applications made users forcibly subscribe to plans.
It was identified that all the applications had ‘virulent’ malware inclusive of the Joker bug.
The Joker bug uses hidden spyware that unknowingly signs up users to subscription plans that cost them large amounts of money.
Upon discovery, Zscaler had notified the Google Android Security team after which they were removed from the Google Play Store.
The removed applications are as follows:
Source: The Scotsman
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