Google Boots Several Malware-laced Android Apps from Marketplace


Google has banned eight apps from its Google Play store that were propagating a new strain of the Joker spyware, but not before they had received over 3 million downloads.

The malware, dubbed Autolycos, was found by French security researcher Maxime Ingrao of the cybersecurity company Evina. It can subscribe users to a premium service and read user messages based on a tweet he published last week. Toll fraud malware, or more frequently known as fleeceware, is a category of malware that subscribing users to premium services without their knowledge or agreement in order to rack up payment expenses.

According to Malwarebytes, Joker was one of the first significant malware families to focus specifically on fleeceware.

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