Google Play Store removes 25 apps for allegedly stealing users’ data (See Full List)

* The apps have accessed users’ Facebook credentials, declares cybersecurity firm

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of its security measures to protect consumers’ data and wellbeing on the global search engine, Google Play Store has removed another 25 third-party apps for violating safety procedures.

Report says the tech giant took the action after Evina, a French cybersecurity firm, reported that the apps were accessing users’ Facebook credentials online.

Evina reports on its Web site that all the apps appear to have been developed by “a single threat group” and provide widely used features like wallpaper and flashlight functions.

Once downloaded, however, they reportedly access Facebook usernames and passwords, source said.

“When an application is launched on your phone, the malware queries the application name.

“If it is a Facebook application, the malware will launch a browser that loads Facebook at the same time.

“The browser is displayed in the foreground which makes you think that the application launched it.

“When you enter your credentials into this browser, the malware executes javascript to retrieve them. The malware then sends your account information to a server.”

According to Evina, the apps that have been removed from the Google Play Store now, having allegedly posed security risks to consumers in cyberspace are as follows:

  1. Super Wallpapers Flashlight
  2. Padentaef
  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. Solitaire 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. iHealth Step Counter
  25. Com.tqyapp.fiction

Therefore, consumers who have downloaded any of these apps are advised to uninstall them.

Google also, has disabled the apps on the user end after removing them from the store, says tech news site BGR.

Cybersecurity firm Norton advises consumers to always use caution with downloading third-party apps on the Internet.

Even though the Apple Store and Google Play Store require developers to follow strict security guidelines, it’s a good idea to seek user reviews of the apps before downloading them, report stated.

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