Squid Game App Malware Attack: How to Stay Safe from Such Joker Malware

Google recently removed a Squid Game Wallpaper paper app from the Google Play Store. According to reports, the “Squid Game Wallpaper 4K HD” app spread Joker malware which is capable of stealing users’ data. Lukas Stefanko from ESET said that the malicious app was capable of downloading and running native libraries, APK payloads, and potentially even executing malware on target devices. The malicious app was also able to execute “malicious” ad fraud and unwelcome SMS subscription actions, according to Stefanko.

Joker malware isn’t a new phenomenon. The malware spreads through ordinary apps. Once the app launches, malware is automatically initiated. The malware steals users’ banking details and subscribes to paid services.

Joker malware: How can you stay safe?

  1. Avoid downloading unofficial applications and stay clear of them. This wallpaper app by Squid Game was downloaded over 5,000 times. Before downloading an app, it is a good idea to read through the Play Store reviews.
  2. Users can download wallpapers from Google Images and stock photos images on websites such as Shutterstock or Pexel, rather than downloading wallpapers apps.
  3. Anti-malware for smartphones is also a great idea!

The researcher claims that several developers have created unofficial apps in order to make quick bucks. It is important to verify their authenticity before you download them. More than 200 Squid Games applications are available right now on the Google Play Store.