1 million Facebook users have had their passwords stolen

Security watchdogs at Meta, Facebook's parent company, have discovered more than 400 viruses in apps from the App Store that steal credentials from users of the social network. iOS and Android apps are disguised as VPNs, photo editors, games, business apps, and horoscope apps. However, the majority of apps are in the Google Play Store.

The company did not disclose how many people were affected, but anonymous sources said it could be as many as one million Facebook users. “Many of the fake apps provide little or no functionality before you log in, and most don’t work at all even after a person agrees to provide their credentials to log in,” said David Agranovich, director of global threat disruption. in Meta.

Apps require users to sign in with their Facebook account, which is a standard method for some apps and services. As a result, fake apps manage to steal login credentials. Once the virus compromises an account in this way, it can potentially gain access to all of the personal information on the person’s Facebook profile.

Apple said 45 of the 400 fake apps have now been removed from the App Store. Google has removed all malicious apps, a company spokesperson said.

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