Updated: 08 Oct 2022 21:34 IST
Washington [US]Oct. 8 (ANI): Facebook’s parent company Meta has warned its users about hundreds of apps in Apple’s and Google’s app stores designed specifically to steal credentials for the social networking app.
According to The Verge, the company has said that more than 400 malicious apps disguised as games, photo editors and other utilities have been identified by them. Facebook is notifying users who “unknowingly compromised their accounts by downloading these apps and sharing their credentials”.
According to Bloomberg, one million users may have been affected.
In its post, Meta said the apps tricked people into downloading them with fake reviews and promises of useful functionality; both are common tactics for other scam apps that try to take your money instead of your login credentials.
However, when opening some apps, users were asked to sign in with Facebook before they could actually do anything, and if they did, the developers could steal their credentials, The Verge reported.
Meta says it reported the apps to Google and Apple and removed them, but it’s still not a great look that they made it to stores in the first place.
Facebook’s report indicates that the problem is significantly worse in the Play Store, as of the 402 malicious apps on the list, 355 were for Android and 47 for iOS.
Interestingly enough, according to The Verge, the Android versions spanned a wide variety of genres, from games, VPNs, photo editors, and horoscope apps, each for iPhone was related to managing business pages or ads. (ANI)