IMPORTANT CHANGE - Due to the weather, the PG&E shutoff near our Santa Cruz branch has been POSTPONED; therefore, the Santa Cruz branch and ATM will now be OPEN tomorrow, 10/27/2021. Additionally, the Santa Cruz branch WILL NOT be open on Saturday, 10/30/2021. If you need to conduct business on Saturday, please visit our Soquel or Watsonville branch. We appreciate your patience. 

Beware of the Joker Virus

August 27, 2021

The infamous Joker Virus, which was first discovered in 2017, has returned and users may not know their devices are infected until their bank or credit union accounts are emptied. The virus has been detected in eight Google Play Store applications, which have already been removed by Google.

The Joker Virus originated from a family of malware known as Bread, which hacks into Android mobile devices. The Joker Virus can get into text messages, contacts and other information available on the infected device. Additionally, it allows owners of the device to subscribe to paid services without consent.  

Google Play has already removed the following eight apps to protect you from this virus:

  1. Auxillary Message
  2. Element Scanner
  3. Fast Magic SMS
  4. Free Cam Scanner
  5. Go Messages
  6. Super Message
  7. Super SMS
  8. Travel Wallpapers

However, the following 16 apps may also contain the malicious code and should be deleted from your device immediately:  

  1. Private SMS
  2. Hummingbird PDF Converter - Photo to PDF
  3. Style Photo Collage
  4. Talent Photo Editor - Blur Focus
  5. Paper Doc Scanner
  6. All Good PDF Scanner
  7. Care Message
  8. Part Message
  9. Blue Scanner
  10. Direct Messenger
  11. One Sentence Translator - Multi-functional Translator
  12. Mint Leaf Message - Your Private Message
  13. Unique Keyboard - Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
  14. Tangram App Lock
  15. Desire Translate
  16. Meticulous Scanner
Please know that even though Google deleted some of the apps, it doesn't mean they will be deleted from your mobile device - please delete them if you have them on your device. 

Additionally, we recommend that you install anti-malware on your device to avoid these malicous apps and codes from causing harm to your device and your personal information. 

If you have experienced any problems in your Credit Union accounts due to the Joker Virus, please contact us at 831-425-7708.