Meta Warns Million Facebook Users Against Apps That Steal Passwords
Meta has warned that a million Facebook users have downloaded apps to their smartphones that look harmless but were actually designed to steal your Facebook password.
“We will notify a million people that they may have been exposed to those apps,” said David Agranovich, head of the cybersecurity team at Facebook’s parent company Meta. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that these people’s accounts were hacked.”
Meta says it found more than four hundred ‘malicious’ apps that were available for smartphones with the operating systems of Apple (iOS) and Google (Android). The apps were available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. According to Meta, these were applications for photo editing, games or VPN services, for example.
Users were asked to log in with their Facebook password to use the apps. This allowed hackers to break into those accounts. Meta shared its findings with Apple and Google.