Facebook and WhatsApp security notice about dirty Android apps

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The apps related to theme customisations, photo editors and apps that changed the phone’s wallpaper. Alarmingly, an emoji keyboard that had racked up millions of downloads and a note-taking app were found to contain malware. When the apps were installed, Dr. Web found them to display intrusive advertising within both the apps and notification bar, log identifying information on the user and device, download additional software and even target WhatsApp private messages.

Dr. Web is advising users to check their smartphones for any of these apps, uninstalling and then changing login information to things like banking, streaming and social media accounts. It’s also recommended to run a virus scan from a trusted brand such as Norton.

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  • Anyone who has any of these installed apps should delete them and update their social media and banking passwords. Android smartphone owners have received a warning from a reputable security organisation over a number of apps that were offered on the Google Play Store. Over 30 mobile apps were recognised by Dr. Web as having trojans, spyware, adware, and other security flaws. Members of Woolworths Everyday Rewards have received a security alert. View the video up top. Channel 7 and 7plus both offer free streaming of the most recent news. >>

  • It is also revealed that some of these malicious apps were found to be taking photos and videos without the user’s knowledge, as well as read text messages, track the location of a device, turn on the microphone, read the browser history, and log keystrokes to reveal passwords and other sensitive user information. ‘Pista – Photo Editor’ was found to redirect a user to a fake Facebook login screen which would intercept personal information. Thousands of Aussie university students caught up in major cyber attack  Google has removed most of the affected apps after Dr. Web alerted the tech giant to the issues, however, these apps can still remain on a smartphone even after they are taken off the Google Play Store.