"This time, however, the malicious actor behind Joker adopted an old technique from the conventional PC threat landscape and used it in the mobile app world to avoid detection by Google", Check Point Research report said.
According to Check Point, Joker has discovered a new place to hide to bypass the security protection of the Google Play Store.
If you are an Android user and have any of the above-listed packages installed on your smartphone, we request you to immediately uninstall them. Earlier this month, the Alphabet-owned tech giant had removed 25 apps from the Google Play store for data theft and illegal handling of the users' data, The suspension of those 25 apps was crucial as the overall downloads number of these apps were in excess of 2.34 millions-mark before Google finally made a decision to take them off from the play store. This is alarming for Android users since just yesterday it was reported that risky Cerberus banking trojan was also found on Google Play Store.
Google Play Services is Google's designated tool for updating Google apps and other Google Play - based apps. The issue could pertain to that the app's name, 'Slide for Reddit, ' even though the app is a Reddit client.
Earlier in 2020, Google had to remove over 1,700 apps from its Playstore due to Joker which is also known as Bred. The data of all these Facebook users has been stolen. Currently, the app's developer, Carlos Crane, hasn't heard anything back from Google on its explanation of the removal.
According to the report, app downloads from the App Store for the iPhone grew twenty percent year over year to nearly ten billion downloads in the second quarter of 2020 alone. "The API was deployed in May via Google Play to over 2 billion devices in the space of just 4 weeks", it added.
"As we continue to track the impact of the coronavirus across key industries and markets, one central thread emerges: people are leaning on mobile, now more than ever, during this hard time", App Annie stated.
Despite a 10-place jump for popular video conferencing app Zoom, TikTok managed to hold on to its spot as the most downloaded app in Q2 2020. Out of these, people like Super Wallpapers Flashlight and Padenatef are downloading more than half a million times.