Immediately uninstall these 25 apps that are removed by Google for stealing Facebook data


Tech giant Google removes 25 malicious apps from its Play store that were caught stealing Facebook User data

There are multiple activities in which the hackers try to collect and expose user data from the systems. Cybercriminals also use many genuine applications for doing these malicious activities that can trap any user. Internet-based fraud has become so pervasive that sometimes it seems as if everyone you meet has, at some time or another, been a victim of digital fraud. Often when one is targeted by online fraudsters, the first reaction is ‘why me?’.

Meanwhile, Google has listed 25 apps that are caught stealing Facebook user credentials and now removed them from its Play Store. These 25 apps are downloaded more than 2.34 million times from the date of their launch.

According to the Evina, they recently discovered a new malware that steals Facebook logins. This malware could effectively ruin your online and offline life by making off with the credentials of one of your most valued pieces of digital real estate. As soon as the threat was discovered it was informed to Google and removed from the Play Store. Have a look at the list of these 25 malicious apps that are removed by Google.

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According to the research, When an application is launched on your phone, the malware queries the application name. If it is a Facebook application, the malware will launch a browser that loads Facebook at the same time. The browser is displayed in the foreground which makes you think that the application launched it. When you enter your credentials into this browser, the malware executes javascript to retrieve them. The malware then sends your account information to a server.

[Image source: Evina]

It’s a fraudulent technique that points out the danger and reflects how important it is to protect yourself. It can not be identified by Facebook as the malware displays in front of the legit app when it is launched.

Lionel Ferri, Evina CTO

It is recommended to uninstall these 25 apps if you have downloaded them on your smartphones. Also, it will be a good practice to perform a full scan of your device with any anti-virus software to eliminate any malware present on your device. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.


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