Nine applications have managed to trick Google into sneaking into the shelves of the Play Store. However, they housed malware that sought to steal your Facebook credentials.
5.8 million. This is the number of downloads accumulated by nine applications harboring dangerous malware, which we advise you to uninstall as soon as possible.
They were freely available on the Play Store before Google finally decided to remove them. This isn’t the first and certainly not the last time that malware has found its way into Google’s app store, but this case is a bit special, note Dr Web.
If Google took so long to find them, it is because these applications were not pale tools created with the sole purpose of distributing malware. They were real photo editing applications, sports or horoscopes fully functional and even offering advanced features.
And it is precisely because these applications were really useful that they could accomplish their misdeeds: steal your Facebook credentials. The aim of the hackers was indeed to push you to connect to these applications with your account on the social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg, as is done on many applications.
Once the application has access to the permission to access your Facebook account, the malware it contains kicks in and seizes your credentials. Then, hackers use your Facebook account to spread spam, or other viruses.
Which applications are affected?
Although these apps were removed from the Play Store recently, they may still be on your device if you had downloaded them first. If, on top of that, you’ve experienced hacking attempts on Facebook lately, you’d better check that none of those infected apps are on your smartphone. If so, also consider changing your Facebook password as soon as possible.
Here are the nine affected applications:
- Processing Photo
- App Lock Keep
- Rubbish Cleaner
- Hororscope Daily
- Horoscope Pi
- App Lock Manager
- Lockit Master
- Inwell Fitness
- PiP Photo