Some apps have been removed by Google due to the concerns that they are causing irrelevant adverts for Android users. These apps have been banned from its PlayStore, these apps have been clogging phones with annoying hardware.
According to Daily Express, the latest attack is incredibly serious as it’s able to target users of Facebook with personal details and credentials stolen by hackers from social network accounts. This discovery was made by a French cyber-security firm Evina to Google in May.
The security firm discovered that the apps could penetrate devices by offering true functionality.
When a user installs the app, a hidden code inside it is automatically activated and begins to steal personal data. When the user launches Facebook, an overlay web browser window pops up over the Facebook app.
It brings up a Facebook login page that is incredibly like the real thing. Then users enter their username and password, which are sent on to hackers.
Evina found the malicious code in 24 apps, which Google removed as soon as it was reported to them at the end of May and they had verified the security company’s findings.
The 24 apps are:
Super Wallpapers Flashlight
Contour Level wallpaper
iPlayer & iWallpaper
Super Bright Flashlight
Accurate scanning of QR code
Classic card game
Junk file cleaning
Daily Horoscope Wallpapers
Anime Live Wallpaper
Health Step Counter
The apps are no longer available for downloads as they have been removed by Google. However, android users who have those apps are being advised to delete them manually on their phones and are also advised to change their Facebook password after deleting the apps.