hundreds of Android and iPhone apps hack accounts, here is the list

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Friday evening, October 7, 2022, Meta unveiled on the Facebook blog a list of more than 400 malicious Android and iPhone applications that threaten to lead to hacking of your Facebook account. These applications had so far gone unnoticed by the defenses of the Google Play Store (Android) and the iPhone App Store. Which means they potentially infect millions of devices.

The firm explains: “These apps, all available on the Google Play Store and the App Store offered by Apple, posed as photo editing apps, VPN services, business apps and other utilities to trick users into downloading them”, explains Meta. According to figures from the firm, on Android, nearly half of this malware was hidden in photo editing apps.

A wave of Android and iPhone malware tried to steal your Facebook credentials

On iOS, on the other hand, most of the infected applications pretended to be advertising management tools for Facebook and other Meta platforms. To make them even more popular, sponsors never fail to post lots of fake reviews on each listing. To make matters worse, the apps in question are likely to be functional, which can boost the trust of victims.

However, all use the same operating mode: during the first launch, or after a certain time, a Facebook login screen appears. The login screen has everything from the official login page. But instead of connecting the user’s account to the app, the sole purpose seems to steal your Facebook login credentials. Meta specifies that the complete list of 402 applications (355 Android applications and 47 iOS applications) has meanwhile been removed from the Play Store and the App Store.

It is possible that many smartphones are still infected with one or more of these applications. That’s why it’s worth checking if you haven’t accidentally installed one of these applications via Facebook’s GitHub page by clicking here. According to Meta, however, Google and Apple must contact directly people who, according to their database, have downloaded one of these disguised malware.

Until recently, the best advice for protecting yourself against smartphone malware was to never download anything outside the official app store, and to always check reviews before clicking install. On Android, it is also always advisable to carefully review the permissions requested.

However, it seems, in the light of this new discovery, that it is now preferable to advise the most security-conscious users not to go too far off the beaten track when it comes to mobile applications. In other words, to trust only the biggest publishers on the Play Store or on the App Store.

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