More variants of the Joker Android malware are cropping up in Google Play as well as third-party app stores, in a trend that researchers say points to a relentless targeting of the Android mobile platform.
Researchers at Zscaler have found 17 different samples of Joker being regularly uploaded to Google Play during September. Collectively, these have accounted for 120,000 downloads, the firm said.
Meanwhile, Zimperium analysts said that they’re finding malicious applications on user devices every day, mostly arriving through third-party stores, sideloaded applications and malicious websites that trick users into downloading and installing apps. In all, they’ve identified 64 new variants of Joker during September alone.