Play Store Apps Caught Spreading Android Malware to Millions

The apps were loaded with info-stealing malware that can extract victims’ Facebook credentials and download other software, etc.

According to researchers at Dr. Web, at least a dozen mobile apps on Google Play Store contain info-stealing malware, adware, and other types of malicious software. Most of the apps are Android-based and collectively boast over 2 million downloads. Based on the app reviews, users aren’t too happy with these apps because of their shady functioning.

Details of Malicious Apps

Researchers noted that five infected apps were available for download on Play Store. These include:

Wild & Exotic Animal Wallpaper: It contains adware that replaces its name with SIM Tool Kit soon after downloading. It has 500,000 downloads so far.PIP Pic Camera Photo Editor– This app appears as an image editor, but in reality, it steals the Facebook credentials of its users. This app has over 100,000 downloads.ZodiHoroscope – Fortune Finder- This is another malicious app designed to steal Facebook credentials. It has 500,000 downloads.PIP Camera 2022– This app showcases various camera effects but actually steals your Facebook profile information. Around 50,000 users have downloaded it.Magnifier Flashlight: This malicious app contains adware and has around 10,000 downloads.

According to Dr.Web’s report, researchers identified four additional

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