The spyware “Facestealer”, which was downloaded by more than 100,000 people on the Play Store, stole users’ personal data.
The spyware has been installed more than 100,000 times. This application called “Facestealer” was available on the Google Play Store for Android phones. It was removed from the platform on Tuesday, compromising users’ Facebook accounts by stealing usernames and passwords.
What was the purpose of the app?
This malware seemed to be an application that could convert photos into cartoon images, an attractive concept for mobile users. In the app, “Facestealer” offered users to link their Facebook account to the app by displaying a fake social networking interface.
Once the manipulation is done, hackers send phishing links to their social media friends to steal users’ personal data and spread false information through their accounts, commit fraud and even multiply victims.