Doctor Web, a security company, announced on Sunday, July 4th that some Android trojans stole Facebook credentials from users. As a result, Google has removed nine apps with a collective 5.8 million downloads from the Play Store.
Which Apps Got Deleted?
Surprisingly, Google removed some highly popular options for image editing, performance optimization, and horoscopes.
According to Doctor Web, all of these apps functioned as intended – to look trustworthy. They prompted users to use their Facebook log-in data and then stole their credentials. In addition, they acquired cookies from the session. Later, they send all of the stolen data to scammers.
Here’s the list of apps Google removed:
- PIP Photo
- Processing Photo
- Rubbish Cleaner
- Horoscope Daily
- Inwell Fitness
- App Lock Keep
- App Lock Manager
- Lockit Master
- Horoscope Pi
How to Stay Safe?
Doctor Web also mentioned that Android device owners should only download apps from known and trusted developers. The company recommends reading user-written reviews, although this isn’t a 100% bulletproof method.
In case you already have any of the apps listed earlier, it’s a good idea to examine both your device and Facebook account.
A good antivirus software will be of great help, too.
This isn’t the first time Google has had to remove apps from the Play Store. Not so long ago, Joker spyware infiltrated eight apps, and the company had to pull them out.
Cybercrime continues to be a major problem. The coronavirus pandemic only made things worse – millions of dollars were ransomed. The world will lose $6 trillion in total in 2021 due to cybercrime.