200 apps on Play Store were used to distribute spyware for data theft

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Experts found more than 200 Android apps on the Play Store, which distributed spyware called Facestealer and which was used to steal sensitive data.

Trend Micro security researchers have spotted over 200 Play Store apps distributing Facestealer spyware. This malicious software was used to steal sensitive data from infected devices.

Malicious apps were able to steal credentials, Facebook cookies and other information related to the user’s personal identification. Some of the malicious applications, discovered by security experts, have been installed more than a hundred thousand times.

Facestealer spyware was first discovered in July 2021. Most of the infected applications were VPN software (42), camera applications (20) and photo processing applications (13).

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“Facestealer apps are disguised as simple tools – such as VPNs, cameras or photo editing apps and fitness apps – making them tempting lures for those using this type of app,” Trend Micro said.

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