It is always wise to be careful while going with sideloading apps from outside of the Play Store. The marketplace has seen its fair share of malicious applications. Facebook kicks off nine apps from Google Play Store for stealing Facebook passwords. It is a matter of great concern as they were downloaded more than 5.8 million times.
According to the reports provided by Dr. Web (via Ars Technica), just like many malicious apps, these performed their advertised functions, such as photo editing, exercise and training, horoscopes, and removing junk files from a phone. They also allowed the user to disable their in-app ads by logging into his Facebook account.
Photo app was noticed with about 5.8 million downloads. While Processing Photo had more than 500,000 downloads. Rubbish Cleaner, Inwell Fitness, and Horoscope Daily all had more than 100,000 downloads.
According to a Google official, Facebook kicks off nine apps from the store. Also, the developers have been banned from submitting any new apps. However, they could always submit under a different name.
In 2019, the malware was identified in a Google Play app with more than 100 million downloads. We’ve also found many other cases of malicious apps sneaking their way onto the store.