Google Play Store reveals that these nine apps provide five different types of malware found in them.
Google hereby removed nine apps from Play Store after finding that the researchers secretly stole users’ Facebook login credentials. There were apps that were hidden and sounded like everyday useful tools and apps which also includes Rubbish Cleaner and Horoscope daily. There are reports which state that these malicious apps had around 5.9 million combined downloads on Google Play Store where PIP photo alone had 5.8 million downloads. There are also five different types of malware contained by them. Google earlier removed three apps that were made for children for violation of privacy.
There was an antivirus service known as Dr Web reporting that malware analysts discovered nine apps which is to include Processing Photo, App Lock Keep, Rubbish Cleaner, Horoscope Daily, Horoscope Pi, App Lock Manager, Lockit Master, Inwell Fitness and PIP Photo apps. These apps acted allegedly as Trojan malware and store users’ Facebook log-in credentials which offer users the option of disabling ads by logging in through their social media accounts. Ars Technica views Dr Webb’s report.
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Dr Web identifies malware variants are as follows.
Android.PWS.Facebook.13, Android.PWS.Facebook.14, Android.PWS.Facebook.15, Android.PWS.Facebook.17, and Android.PWS.Facebook.18.
A Google spokesperson however conveyed Ars Technica about banned app developers for all nine apps from the Google Play store which would block developer accounts from getting published of any new apps to the market. Thus, this is a positive move from Google, but a new developer account from a different name can be created for a nominal fee of $25 which is approximately Rs, 1900.
Users advised not to make download any app from an unknown developer irrespective of the number of downloads of the app. In this case, PIP Photo received a maximum of 5.8 million downloads which follows Processing Photo at 500,000 downloads. Any users who downloaded from these apps should check thoroughly with their device and Facebook accounts for suspicious activity.