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Google bans over 50 apps from Play Store

In the month of June, tech giant Google banned over 50 apps due to concerns that they are causing Android users to be bugged with adverts. In the same vein, Google further banned 24 apps from its Play Store for the same issues, with worries that the apps were clogging phones up with annoying hardware.

In a report monitored from Daily Express, the latest attack targets Facebook users with stolen personal information and credentials that hackers stole from social accounts.

The ban came after French cyber-security firm Evina reported its findings to Google in May.

Evina discovered that the apps could infiltrate devices by offering genuine functionality.

When a user installs the app, a hidden code inside it is automatically activated and begins to steal personal data. When the user launches Facebook, an overlay web browser window pops up over the Facebook app.

It brings up a Facebook login page that is incredibly like the real thing. Then users enter their username and password, which are sent on to hackers.

Evina found the malicious code in 24 apps, which Google removed as soon as it was reported to them at the end of May and they had verified the security company’s findings.

The 24 apps are:

  1. Super Wallpapers Flashlight
  2. Padenatef
  3. Wallpaper Level
  4. Contour Level wallpaper
  5. iPlayer & iWallpaper
  6. Video Maker
  7. Color Wallpapers
  8. Pedometer
  9. Powerful Flashlight
  10. Super Bright Flashlight
  11. Super Flashlight
  12. Solitare Game
  13. Accurate scanning of QR code
  14. Classic card game
  15. Junk file cleaning
  16. Synthetic Z
  17. File Manager
  18. Composite Z
  19. Screenshot Capture
  20. Daily Horoscope Wallpapers
  21. Wuxia Reader
  22. Plus Weather
  23. Anime Live Wallpaper
  24. Health Step Counter

Google has since removed the apps from Play Store and they are no longer available for download. However, those who already have the apps on their phones would have to delete them manually. Users are also advised to change their Facebook passwords after deleting the apps. In 2019, precautions had to be taken when using FaceApp after some controversy trailed it.

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