Meta warns its users from password stealing phone applications

Meta has warned approximately 1 million Facebook users that there has been a possibility that their account information have been shared by third-party apps from Apple or Google’s stores.
Up until this year, Meta has recognised more than 400 “malicious” applications customized for cell phones powered by Apple or Android, director of threat disruption David Agranovich said.
“These apps were listed on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store and disguised as photo editors, games, VPN services, business apps and other utilities to trick people into downloading them,” Meta said in a blog post.
The applications usually ask individuals to login with their Facebook account data to utilize guaranteed features, stealing usernames and passwords if entered, as per Meta’s security group.
“They are just trying to trick people into entering in their login information in a way that enables hackers to access their accounts,” Agranovich said of the apps.
“We will notify one million users that they may have been exposed to these applications; that is not to say they have been compromised.”
Apple informed AFP that just 45 of the 400 applications featured by Meta were on its operating system, and that the organisation has proactively eliminated them from its application store.
Google said that the majority of the applications Meta identified had been taken out from the Play store.


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