Urgent warning as 300,000 Android owners infected by dangerous app – and it’s bad news if you have Facebook

FACEBOOK users have been warned about a login-stealing hack believed to have affected more than 300,000 Android users.

According to experts from Zimperium zLabs, a shady trojan called Schoolyard Bully has been found lurking in a number of apps available on Google Play Store as well as third-party app stores.

This is no ordinary Facebook login screen...


This is no ordinary Facebook login screen…Photo credit: Zimperium

The apps are usually disguised as innocent tools related to education.

But actually they are trying to get your Facebook login details.

As a result, unsuspecting victims can find their email address, phone number, password, ID and name stolen.

They manage it by using a Facebook login feature in their apps.

Luckily, Google has now removed the caught apps.

Most of the victims were in Vietnam.

That’s because the apps are all in Vietnamese, so unless you recently downloaded an app in the language, you don’t have to worry.

Experts estimate that more than 300,000 devices from 71 countries were caught.

“The actual number of countries may be larger than stated as the applications can still be found in third-party app stores,” Zimperium told zLabs.

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“To ensure your Android users are protected from the Trojan horse malware, we recommend a quick risk assessment.”

A Google spokesman told The Sun: “The identified apps have been removed from Google Play.

“We take security and privacy seriously and take action when we find apps that violate our policies.”

It’s worth running a quick scan with any antivirus protection apps you have.

There’s also Google’s free Google Play Protect, which alerts you to any shady apps you’ve downloaded.

How Google Play Protection works…

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  • Checks Google Play Store apps for security before downloading
  • Scans for non-Play Store apps that may be harmful
  • Warns you about malicious apps
  • Disables or removes malicious apps
  • Warns you about apps that violate policies by hiding or misrepresenting themselves
  • Sends you privacy alerts about apps that can use permissions to access your personal information
  • Reset app permissions to protect your privacy

Of course, Google’s protection feature may not detect all cases of bad behavior – so you still need to be careful online.

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