85 Malicious Apps Stealing Social Network Passwords Found On Play Store
85 Malicious Apps Stealing Social Network Passwords Found On Play Store

Recently, the tech giant Google has removed from its well-known app store for Android, of course, the Google Play Store 85 vulnerable applications that were dedicated to stealing passwords from social networks of users who fell into their traps.

85 Malicious Apps Stealing Social Network Passwords Found On Play Store

The tech giant Google has removed from its well-known app store for Android, of course, the Google Play Store 85 vulnerable applications that were dedicated to stealing passwords from social networks of users who fell into their traps. And not only that even one of those applications already had more than a million downloads as well.

Insecurity in the Google Play Store: 85 apps stole data for seven months

Almost a hundred applications that stole passwords have been active in the Google Play Store for seven months. During this period of time, the oldest apps have received between 1,000 and 100,000 downloads, while the most popular has reached up to 1,000,000 downloads since it was published in the tech giant Google’s official app store, of course, the Google Play Store in March 2017. It was “Mr. President Rump”, a parody game of the current president of the United States.

These applications basically asked to enter the VK social network when installed, in the same way, that other games do with your Google or Facebook account to participate in online scores and save your progress.

The vulnerabilities have been discovered by the well-known security firm, Kaspersky, which was even recently banned in the United States for its suspected connections with the Russian government and spy agencies.

Although a large number of applications were published between October and November 2017, several were published in early summer of this year. However, the same group has been uploading malware to the Google Play Store for two years, always modifying its modus operandi simply to avoid detection.

Security problems continue on Android

This latest discovery by the well-known security firm, Kaspersky is just one more of Android’s continuing security problems. That 85 applications have been stealing data during the last months is worrisome, and not only that even the same group of cybercriminals has been acting for two years without getting caught by the security system of the tech giant Google.

The tech giant Google’s app store, of course, I am talking about the Google Play Store should be a safe environment in which any user could download an application without worrying about anything, but the reality indicates something else.

In recent months, Android users have been exposed to the KRACK Wifi vulnerability, to a bug capable of displaying millions of messages, to flashlight apps that were looking to steal your bank data, so, if you are a user of the OnePlus smartphone, then your data might be stolen in every six hours.

The result is that only during the last three months there have been five outstanding cases of security holes, either on global Android or individual brand. A series of problems with which Android should be able to deal much better.

So, what do you think about this security flaw? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.



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