Google has eliminated 25 Android applications from the Google Play Store that were caught stealing Facebook credentials this month.
In a report published by ZDNet this week, Evina security gurus described how they caught 25 vile apps posing as statutory download options on the Play Store. Disguised in the form of normal apps, they were secretly stealing people’s Facebook usernames and passwords. Researchers said that once downloaded, the apps would lead to the Facebook app with a fake login page.
The motive of cyber crooks stealing the credentials has not been revealed. Evina researchers said they reported the 25 malicious apps to Google at the end of May. The apps were modelled as image editors, video editors, step counters, flashlight applications, file managers, wallpaper apps and mobile games.
How to change your Facebook password
If you believe you were affected by one of the apps, it’s best you change your Facebook password right away.
Click the down arrow in the top-right corner of any Facebook page and select Settings.
Click Security and login.
Click Edit next to Change password.
Click Save Changes.
To reset your password if you’re not logged in to Facebook:
Go to the Find your account page.
Type the email address, mobile phone number, full name or username associated with your account, then click Search.
Follow the on-screen instructions