Facebook detected more than 400 data stealing applications that were available in official stores

Meta, the parent company behind Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, revealed that so far this 2022 it has detected mMore than 400 applications dedicated to data theft.

These apps intended to steal Facebook login details of users and, contrary to what one might imagine, they were not distributed informally but a large part of them were available in application stores.

In fact, Meta (via Wired) maintains that 45 of the apps he found in his research were for iOS, the operating system for Apple computers. In that sense, Apple indicated that those apps have already been removed from its App Store.

The company behind Facebook claims to notify 1 million users who may have been exposed to one of the malicious apps. But don’t worry if you receive a notification, because the company notes that these notices will be precautionary and won’t necessarily reflect whether your account has been compromised.

Although app stores regulate the programs offered on their platforms, sometimes malicious apps can go unnoticed and steal user data.

“It’s a highly contentious space, and some of these apps manage to evade detection,” said David Agranovich, director of threat disruption at Meta. “Flashlight apps, photo editors, mobile games. There are many legitimate apps in the Apple and Google stores, but cybercriminals know how popular these types of apps are and use them to their advantage. We want to deter threat actors and keep people safe.”

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