Popular Android App Just Got Banned By Google Now You Need To Remove It
There is a new Android warning this week and all users would be advised to check their most recent downloads on Google Play. Pradeo security experts have discovered a sinister bug that has the ability to steal Facebook credentials, which can then give hackers full access to accounts, private conversations and even credit card details .
The app that spreads the Facestealer Android Trojan has now been banned by Google, but not before racking up more than 100,000 downloads.
Called Craftsart Cartoon Photo Tools, the app promised to offer more than 95 filters that turned snaps taken on smartphone cameras into fun hand-drawn cartoons.
However, once installed, the only way to use it was to enter Facebook login details which were then hijacked and sent to a server in Russia.
As Pradeo explains, “Facebook IDs are used by cybercriminals to compromise accounts in a number of ways, the most common being to commit financial fraud, send phishing links, and spread fake news.”
Google takes this type of threat very seriously and upon being alerted to the threat, the tech giant removed the app from its Play Store and banned it on March 22, 2022.
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However, if you are one of the thousands of people who have already installed it, you should remove it immediately.
If you think you entered your Facebook credentials through the app, it’s also a good idea to change your password right away, as this will stop any malicious activity on your account and prevent any hackers from continuing to access it.
How to change or reset your Facebook password?
• At the top left of Facebook, tap your profile picture.
• Scroll down and tap Settings, then tap Password & security.
• Touch Change Password.
• Type your current and new password and retype the new password, then tap Save Changes.
Attacks on Android have increased again in recent months, with security experts warning that attacks have jumped up to 500% in recent months.
Proofpoint’s team of experts recently published a detailed report on the latest attacks and it makes for terrifying reading if you have an Android smartphone in your pocket.
Perhaps most concerning are the latest FluBot and TeaBot bugs, both of which are capable of stealing usernames and passwords which can then be used to access bank accounts.
“Most mobile malware is still downloaded from app stores, but over the past year we have seen an increase in campaigns that use SMS/mobile messaging as a delivery mechanism,” Proofpoint explained. in his blog post. “For better or worse, Android is taking a more open approach. The platform is open to multiple app stores. And users can easily download apps from anywhere on the internet. It’s the latter feature that makes the platform popular with bad actors, who know that Android phones can be compromised in just a few steps.”