November 23, 2022

Facebook warns 1 million users of stolen usernames and passwords via malicious apps – Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Meta Platforms Inc. META Facebook has announced that it will share details about Facebook users whose accounts may have been compromised due to security issues with various apps downloaded from iOS and Android.

According to a reportFacebook said it identified 400 malicious Android and iOS apps that targeted users to steal vital login credentials.

Facebook will notify nearly one million users of their account status and how they were compromised.

Apple Inc. AAPL and Alphabet Inc. GOOG were alerted and both companies notified Meta that these suspicious apps had been removed from their stores.

“Cybercriminals know how popular these types of apps are, and they will use similar themes to trick people and steal their accounts and information,” he said. David Agranovitchdirector of global threat disruption at Meta, according to Bloomberg.

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Agranovich added, “If an app promises something that’s too good to be true, like new features for another platform or social media site, chances are it has ulterior motives. “

As a precaution, Facebook said it would share tips on how people can identify suspicious apps and avoid being “re-compromised” by learning how to better spot problematic apps.

Earlier in March, Apple and Facebook unknowingly shared customer data with hackers posing as law enforcement.

The two companies handed over data such as the customer’s address, phone number and IP address in mid-2021 after receiving fabricated “emergency data requests”.

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