Google Play Store has taken down nine apps that allegedly stole users’ Facebook credentials

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Google Play Store has taken down nine apps that allegedly stole users’ Facebook credentials

After researchers discovered that nine applications were stealing users’ Facebook login information, Google deleted them from the Play Store. The apps have titles that seemed like commonplace utility utilities and apps. Rubbish Cleaner and Horoscope Daily are two of them. According to a study, the infected applications had a total of 5.9 million downloads on Google Play, with PIP Photo alone having 5.8 million downloads, and included five separate malware strains. Google has already deleted three children’s applications due to privacy breaches.

Processing Photo, App Lock Keep, Rubbish Cleaner, Horoscope Daily, Horoscope Pi, App Lock Manager, Lockit Master, Inkwell Fitness, and PIP Photo are among the dangerous applications found by Dr. Web’s malware experts. After giving users the opportunity to block advertisements by checking in with their social media accounts, these applications allegedly operated as trojan software and collected users’ Facebook login information. Ars Technica discovered Dr. Web’s report.

Users were duped by these applications, which displayed an exact duplicate of Facebook’s login screen. Instead, the applications used a JavaScript command to steal their login information. The applications also grabbed browser cookies from the authorization session, according to reports. There were several malware variations, all of which allegedly used the same JavaScript code to collect user information. Three of the malware versions were native Android applications, while two were developed using Google’s Flutter SDK, according to the study.

The malware variants identified by Dr. Web are Android.PWS.Facebook.13Android.PWS.Facebook.14Android.PWS.Facebook.15Android.PWS.Facebook.17, and Android.PWS.Facebook.18.

According to Ars Technica, Google has also blacklisted the app creators of all nine applications from the Google Play store, thus preventing them from releasing any new apps on the marketplace. This is a great step by Google, however, for a price of $25, a new developer account with a different name may be created (roughly Rs. 2,500).

Users should avoid downloading any software from an unknown developer, regardless of how popular the app is. PIP Photo got the most downloads in this example, with 5.8 million, followed by Processing Photo with 500,000. Anyone who has downloaded these applications should check their smartphone and Facebook account for unusual activity.

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