The parent company of Facebook, Meta, has issued a warning to one million users, stating that it is possible that their login information has been compromised due to rogue programs.
According to a blog post published by the business on Friday, Meta’s researchers discovered over 400 malicious Android and Apple iOS apps in 2018 that were aimed to steal the personal Facebook login information of the users of both platforms.
A spokesman for Meta, Gabby Curtis, has confirmed that the company is sending out an alert to one million consumers who may have been impacted by the apps.
According to Meta, the apps they discovered were listed in the app store of Apple and the Google Play Store as games, photo editors, health and lifestyle services, and other types of apps in an attempt to fool people into downloading them.
According to the business, the malicious program would frequently prompt users to “login with Facebook” before stealing their username and password in the next stages of the attack.
It was written by Meta’s Threat Disruption Director David Agranovich and Malware Discovery and Detection Engineer Ryan Victory that “This is a highly adversarial space, and while our industry peers work to detect and remove malicious software, some of these apps evade detection and make it onto legitimate app stores.”
Meta stated that it had reported the apps to Apple and Google, and since then, both companies had removed the programs. According to a statement sent by a Google spokesperson named Edward Fernandez, the “apps highlighted in the study are no longer available on Google Play.” A representative from Apple has replied but declined to comment on the matter.
For many years, Meta has been the subject of criticism regarding the way it handles user data and privacy.
Following revelations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had inappropriately obtained the personal data of millions of Facebook users, the Federal Trade Commission in 2019 gave its approval to a settlement with Facebook in the amount of approximately $5 billion.