Google is alleged to have eliminated 25 apps from its Google Play retailer that had been caught stealing Facebook credentials. According to the French cyber-security agency, Evina, these malicious apps collectively had over 25 lakh downloads. The apps reportedly provided completely different functionalities, although they used the identical technique for extracting customers’ credentials. Some of the apps had been obtainable on the Google Play retailer for over two years earlier than they had been lastly eliminated, the cyber-security agency highlighted.
The findings had been printed in a weblog publish by Evina and had been first reported by ZDNet. Google eliminated the apps earlier in June after the cyber-security agency reported its potential menace in May this 12 months. Most of those malicious apps provided new wallpapers, whereas others supplied video modifying instruments and flashlight instruments. Apps equivalent to Super Wallpapers Flashlight and Padenatef had over 5 lakh downloads every on Google Play.
How did the apps steal Facebook credentials?
According to Evina, as soon as the consumer launched the contentious app on their smartphone, the malicious app detected what app a consumer not too long ago opened and had within the cellphone’s foreground. “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,” the cyber-security agency explains.
Once the consumer put their Facebook login particulars on the phishing web page (which incorporates a black bar as a substitute of a blue bar of the unique Facebook app), the malicious then despatched the credentials to a distant server. This might doubtlessly permit attackers to entry all knowledge saved on the Facebook account and even permit them to entry different web sites the place customers’ have logged in through their Facebook account.
Evina, nevertheless, has not clarified how these malicious apps prevented detection by Google’s Play Protection service. The full record of those malicious Android apps is listed on Evina’s web site.
ZDNet citing the cyber-security agency notes that the entire 25 malicious apps had been developed by a single menace group.
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