The Google Play Store and the Apple App Store are two of the most popular sources to get apps for different platforms: you can find anything from health, well-being and social media apps to all sorts of games.
Everyone uses these two sources as they are widely believed to be the most secure, but it seems like Google’s Play Store keeps seeing its share of trouble.
Its Store app now has a long history of being questioned, with app-related incidents happening time and time again. While most of the apps in the Store are safe to use, every now and then, some of them prove that whoever was in charge of putting them up in the Play Store was not paying a lot of attention.
According to a report, a number of apps were created to obtain sensitive information. There were 9 apps in total that were reported recently, all of which had been downloaded millions of times. For example, one of them was PIP Photo, with over 5 million downloads and Horoscope Daily along with Inwell Fitness with over 100,000 downloads each.
While the apps still did the job they were expected to, they, in fact, contained trojans that gained the users’ Facebook credentials which, in turn, allowed access to those who created the malware to their social media accounts.
How this happened was quite simple, from a software point of view. Dr. Web explained it best in the report that detailed the situation:
The apps in question have been reported and removed from the Google Play Store, but, considering the high number of downloads, the users have been advised to scan their phones and reset their Facebook passwords, just to be on the safe side.