1 million Facebook users’ credentials have been stolen

Meta has sent a bulk email to 1 million Facebook users, because their login details may be out. It would be due to malicious apps distributed through Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

Data on the street

An interesting issue that Meta is reporting on this, you would think, but that’s because these bad apps are made to specifically steal the login data from Facebook. With success, apparently, because 1 million people have now been warned that it is very possible that their data is out on the street. 1 million is a lot, but that’s also because it’s not exactly about a few malicious apps: it concerns hundreds of apps. Meta posted a list of the apps involved here.

They are mainly photo editing apps, so you could turn yourself into an animation puppet or just ‘photoshop’ yourself. Various apps with VPN services and games also turned out to be rogue apps. The reason that specifically Meta has something to do with this is that you could often get more functionalities in the app by logging in with your Facebook.

rogue apps

This allowed the hackers to ensure that they had your login details. Among other things, they can sell these online for a lot of money, or they can use them on other websites to see if they could get access to, for example, your e-mail, your bank details and so on. Let this again be a tip not to use the same password everywhere.

In addition, Meta also gives a tip: “Hackers know how popular such apps are and therefore make the same kind of apps to mislead you and steal your information. If an app seems too good to be true, for example if you get all kinds of functions that seem enormously innovative, there is a chance that it is actually too good to be true and you will end up with a bad luck.” And so robbed.

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Apple has said that only 45 of these apps could be downloaded from the App Store, which means that the problem lies mainly with Google’s Play Store. All apps that Meta mentions have since been removed from both app stores. However, you should also check your phone for some 400 apps from the Meta blog. In any case, it is good to go through your phone regularly and see if you still use certain apps: this way you keep your phone clear and fast.

Laura Jenny

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