Google has removed 25 apps from Play Store for phishing Facebook credentials

Google has removed 25 apps from Play Store for phishing Facebook credentials

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Android powers more than five times as many smartphones and tablets as iOS. As a result, the number of apps on the Google Play Store is considerably higher than Apple’s App Store and that makes the app review process less rigorous for Android. Predictably, that allows many malicious apps to pass through the review process much more easily and remain on the Play Store until reported for chicanery. Google, however, does act promptly in removing malicious apps, especially when it comes to serious allegations like phishing. The internet giant has now struck down 25 apps for deceiving users and logging Facebook login credentials, as per a recent report.

French cyber-security agency Evina recently reported 25 malicious apps to Google in May for siphoning off users’ Facebook login details. This was accomplished by creating a faux login page on top of the actual Facebook’s login page. The malicious elements were disguised by legit functionality in these apps. Evina notes that these apps were masquerading as wallpaper apps, image and video editors, flashlight apps, games, and file managers on the Google Play Store.

Facebook phishing play store removed apps

Fake Facebook login page in the overlay; Image courtesy of Evina

The French agent also told ZDNet that some of these malicious apps had been on the Google Play Store for over a year. Google removed them after validating the findings in early June. While removing apps from the Play Store, Google also disables them on users’ smartphones and informs them through the Play Protect feature.

The list of apps removed by Google includes:

App NamePackageNo. of installs
Super Wallpapers Flashlightcom.wallpaper.flashlight.compass500000+
Padenatefcom.sun.newjbq.beijing.ten500000+
Wallpaper Levelcom.liapp.level100000+
Contour level wallpapercom.communication.walllevel100000+
iPlayer & iWallpapercom.ldl.videoedit.iwallpapers100000+
Video Makercom.androidapp.videosedit.v100000+
Color Wallpaperscom.play.ljj.wallpapercomapss100000+
Pedometercom.baidu.news.pedometer100000+
Powerful Flashlightcom.meituanybw.flash100000+
Super Bright Flashlightcom.tqyapp.sb.flashlight100000+
Super Flashlightcom.superapp.xincheng100000+
Solitaire Gamecom.game.tqsolitaire100000+
Accurate scanning of Meadecom.tqyapp.qr50000+
Classic card gamecom.card.solitairenew50000+
Junk file cleaningcom.xdapp.cleaning50000+
Synthetic Zcom.tqygame.synthetic50000+
File Managercom.smt.filemanager50000+
Composite Zcom.game.hcz50000+
Screenshot Capturecom.tianqiyang.lww.screenedit10000+
Daily Horoscope Wallpaperscom.tianqiyang.lww.constellation10000+
Wuxia Readercom.wuxia.reader10000+
Plus Weathercom.plus.android.weather10000+
Anime Live Wallpapercom.tqyapp.chuangtai100
iHealth Step Countercom.tiantian.lang.tencent
com.tgyapp.fictioncom.tgyapp.fiction