Android just can’t seem to shake off its malware issues. A new malware attack targeting Android has been found to engage in ad fraud at least since early June 2019.

The findings, appear by cybersecurity firm CSIS Security Group, reveal that the malware — called Joker — is advised to surreptitiously sign users up for exceptional account subscriptions, in accession to burglary the victim’s SMS messages, the acquaintance list, and device information.

In total, CSIS found 24 Android apps on Google Play (listed below) absolute the trojan, cutting up more than 472,000 downloads by biting Android users before Google eventually purged the adulterated software from its platform.

Joker’s operators have accurately gone after victims in 37 countries, including Australia, China, Germany, India, Singapore, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK, and the US.

According to CSIS, the malware not only obfuscates the modus operandi of carrying the actual awful burden from the command-and-control (C&C) server owned by the attacker. It’s been programmed to accomplish “as little brand as possible” by hiding within advertisement frameworks used in the apps.

In accession to periodically requesting new commands from the C&C server, the trojan goes a step added by silently beat on ads, and hijacks SMS letters that accommodate the allotment code to verify cable payments.

The apps in catechism are as follows:

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

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