Google is working on pulling Android apps that commit major privacy violations. The company has removed nine apps from the Play Store after Dr Web analysts discovered they were trojans stealing Facebook login details. These weren’t obscure titles; the malware had over 5.8 million combined downloads and posed as easy-to-find titles like Horoscope Daily and Rubbish Cleaner.
Google largely automated screening keeps a lot of malware out of the Play Store, but the subtlety of the technique might have helped the rogue apps slip past these defences and leave victims unaware that their Facebook data fell into the wrong hands. Whatever the cause, it’s safe to say that you should be cautious about downloading utilities from unknown developers no matter how popular they seem. To trick users, the trojan apps would provide full functionality of their services and take away in-app ads if the users logged into their Facebook account via the application.