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With ever-increasing technology and innovation, security has become a key factor to prevent online cyber-attacks and data breaches.
Android is the most popular mobile OS in the world and is used by billions of users every day. Often targeted by hackers for its popularity and usage, Google always makes sure it tackles this ever-growing threat against Android.
Malware apps again?
Now Google has intervened once again to remove nine Android apps that are downloaded more than 5.8 million times from the Android Play Store.
These apps were caught red-handed for stealing users’ Facebook login credentials.
Researchers from Dr.Web pointed out that,
The nine apps that were removed are as follows,
- PIP Photo (>5,000,000 installs)
- Processing Photo (>500,000 installs)
- Rubbish Cleaner (>100,000 installs)
- Horoscope Daily (>100,000 installs)
- Inwell Fitness (>100,000 installs)
- App Lock Keep (50,000 installs)
- Lockit Master (5,000 installs)
- Horoscope Pi (>1,000 installs)
- App Lock Manager (10 installs)
How do they steal FB credentials?
The prompts for Facebook login will appear when the victim is forced to use the login method to enjoy the full version or features of these apps.
While this specific stealing malware appears to have set its sights on Facebook accounts, Dr. Web researchers cautioned that this attack could have been easily expanded to load the login page of any legitimate web platform with the goal of stealing logins and passwords from a variety of services.
We advise our readers to uninstall these nine apps from their Android devices.
Also a gentle reminder, please try installing apps only from known and trusted developers in the Google PlayStore.
Not to mention, watch out for permissions requested by the apps and pay attention to other user reviews prior to installation.
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