Google is alleged to have eliminated 25 apps from its Google Play retailer that had been caught stealing Fb credentials. In accordance with 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. A few of the apps had been out there 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 blog post by Evina and had been first reported by ZDNet. Google eliminated the apps earlier in June after the cyber-security agency reported its potential risk in Might this 12 months. Most of those malicious apps provided new wallpapers, whereas others supplied video modifying instruments and flashlight instruments. Apps reminiscent of Tremendous Wallpapers Flashlight and Padenatef had over 5 lakh downloads every on Google Play.

How did the apps steal Fb credentials?

In accordance with Evina, as soon as the person launched the contentious app on their smartphone, the malicious app detected what app a person lately opened and had within the telephone’s foreground. “If it’s a Fb utility, the malware will launch a browser that masses Fb on the identical time. The browser is displayed within the foreground which makes you assume that the appliance launched it,” the cyber-security agency explains.

As soon as the person put their Fb login particulars on the phishing web page (which includes a black bar as an alternative of a blue bar of the unique Fb app), the malicious then despatched the credentials to a distant server. This might doubtlessly enable attackers to entry all information saved on the Fb account and even enable them to entry different web sites the place customers’ have logged in by way of their Fb account.

Evina, nonetheless, has not clarified how these malicious apps averted detection by Google’s Play Safety service. The total record of those malicious Android apps is listed on Evina’s website.

ZDNet citing the cyber-security agency notes that all the 25 malicious apps had been developed by a single risk group.

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