A DODGY photo editing app that has been downloaded more than 100,000 times has been accused of stealing people’s Facebook data.
Experts say they have found a sinister Trojan called Facestealer lurking under the hood of Craftsart Cartoon Photo Tools, which connects to a Russian server.
The spyware gives hackers full access to victims’ Facebook accounts, including all sensitive data stored on them such as credit card details and private conversations.
Users were tricked into providing their Facebook username and password to use the app.
However, doing so actually sends the details to cyber criminals who usually cheat people out of money, send phishing links and even spread fake news.
Google has since removed the app from the Play Store.
Anyone who already had it installed was urged to delete it immediately.
“In order to reach wide publicity and hide its illegal activities, it mimics the behavior of popular legitimate photo editing applications,” according to the security firm pradeo called.
“In fact, it was injected with a small piece of code that easily slips under the radar of store security.”
Con artists tried to trick people by posing as “Google Commerce Ltd” in the “About” section of the app.
But some noticed a random and unprofessional gmail The account was listed as the developer’s email address, which is a bit of a red flag.
And the app’s reviews were pretty bad too, with some claiming the app is fake.
Aside from deleting the app, anyone who has used Craftsart Cartoon Photo Tools needs to take some other safety precautions.
Crucially, you specifically reset your Facebook account details change your password.
If you have used the same username and password for other accounts, you should change them as well, as hackers tend to use them for other websites and services randomly.
And finally, you might want to turn on two-factor authentication to keep accounts extra secure in the future.
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