Hackers are at it again–penetrating Android apps and stealing users’ credentials.
Doctor Web, a Russian anti-malware company, has found nine Android apps that contained different variations of the Facebook password-stealing trojan.
What this trojan does is lower the apps security to exploit users.
In other words, hackers will be able to steal Facebook passwords and other credentials from unsuspecting victims.
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Nine malicious Android apps found on the Play Store
Google is committed to keeping the Play Store a safe place where users can download Android apps without having to worry about getting exploited by hackers. Privacy and security is the company’s outmost priority.
That’s why when an anti-malware company found nine Android apps plagued with Android.PWS.Facebook trojan, the tech company was quick to remove these apps in the Play Store.
Dr. Web discovered that the trojans are stealing Facebook login credentials. The malware had over 5.8 million in downloads and has easy-to-find-titles such as “Horoscope Daily” or “Rubbish Cleaner.”
The apps don’t look like intimidating apps and that’s how they can make unsuspecting users download them. What the apps do is they can trick users by loading the real Facebook sign-in page.
Additionally, the apps would also steal cookies from the authorization session.
It is found that Facebook was the sole target in each case. But according to the security researchers, the malware creators could have easily targeted other platforms or direct users from other internet services.
Google removes these nine Android apps from the Play Store
Google will still be on the lookout for any similar activities and will keep screening for malware to keep these kinds of apps out of the Play Store.
The question that still remains is how these apps were able to garner so many downloads before Google could take them down?
Google has become more strict when it comes to screening apps to keep malware out of the Play Store. So, how are these rogue apps still able to get past Google’s inspection and screening?
Also, Google wasn’t able to inform users that unauthorized people were able to get their hands on the users’ Facebook credentials?
This leaves users needing to be extra careful when downloading apps from unknown developers and putting their login credentials out there regardless of whether they have harmless app names.
The nine apps removed from the Play Store are the following:
- PIP Photo
- Processing Photo
- App Lock Keep
- Rubbish Cleaner
- Horoscope Daily
- Horoscope Pi
- App Lock Manager
- Lockit Master
- Inwell Fitness
Google told Ars Technica that it already removed all the apps from these developers from the Play Store as well. This means, these developers won’t be able to submit new apps under their names.
Unfortunately, that won’t be much of an assurance as these perpetrators can easily create new developer accounts.