Google has eliminated 25 Android apps from the Google Play Store after it was found that they had been stealing customers’ Fb credentials.
The malicious apps, which had been collectively downloaded greater than 2.34m occasions, had been all created by the identical developer. Whereas the apps seemed to be completely different from each other, all of them shared the identical code that enabled them to reap the credentials of Facebook customers.
The French cybersecurity agency Evina was the primary to find these apps and the corporate reported its findings to Google. The apps themselves posed as legit functions together with step counters, picture editors, video editors, wallpaper apps, flashlight apps, file managers and cell video games.
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Stealing Fb credentials
In a blog post, Evina offered extra particulars on how these malicious apps stole customers’ Fb credentials, saying:
“When an software is launched in your telephone, the malware queries the applying title. If it’s a Fb software, the malware will launch a browser that masses Fb on the similar time. The browser is displayed within the foreground which makes you assume that the applying launched it. While you enter your credentials into this browser, the malware executes java script to retrieve them. The malware then sends your account data to a server.”
Evina found these 25 malicious apps from the developer Rio Reader LLC and reported them to Google on the finish of Could. After verifying the agency’s findings, Google eliminated the apps from the Play Retailer earlier this month.
Nonetheless, a few of the apps had been out there on the Play Retailer for greater than a yr earlier than they had been eliminated which signifies that the builders had been capable of steal the credentials of many Fb customers earlier than their operation was shut down.
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By way of ZDNet