Together, the applications have been downloaded almost 6 million times.
While Google is trying to protect the Play Store with a range of automated filtering systems, there are often applications that can cause serious harm to users.
The developers of Dr.Web anti-malware software, for example, have recently publishedthat a Trojan virus traveling on Facebook login details was also found in 9 applications. When the announcement was released, the apps together visited more than 5.8 million downloaders and hunted down victims in a variety of uses, from safety (!) Through photo editing to horoscopes.
The list included Processing Photo, App Lock Keeper, App Lock Manager, Lockit Master, Rubbish Cleaner, Horoscope Daily, Horoscope Pi, Inwell Fitness, and PIP Photo, of which Processing Photo took the prime with more than half a million downloads.
The apps beat users by retrieving a real login page for Facebook, running a script that obtained it, and then passing their login credentials to a remote server through the app. Dr. Web has a total of 5 malware variants (Android.PWS.Facebook.13-18) found in the apps, but they all worked with the same code, which, moreover, was able to retrieve even the data stored in cookies.
Google later on Ars TechnicáIn a statement sent to, it announced that the apps had been deleted and that the developers had also been banned from the Play Store. However, this is not necessarily an effective solution, as it does not take much time to create a new developer profile at the moment, but the situation may change soon, as the search giant will tighten the registration data provision later this year.
Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.
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