An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google has given the boot to nine Android apps downloaded more than 5.8 million times from the company’s Play marketplace after researchers said these apps used a sneaky way to steal users’ Facebook login credentials. In a bid to win users’ trust and lower their guard, the apps provided fully functioning services for photo editing and framing, exercise and training, horoscopes, and removal of junk files from Android devices, according to a post published by security firm Dr. Web. All of the identified apps offered users an option to disable in-app ads by logging into their Facebook accounts. Users who chose the option saw a genuine Facebook login form containing fields for entering usernames and passwords.
The majority of the downloads were for an app called PIP Photo, which was accessed more than 5.8 million times. The app with the next greatest reach was Processing Photo, with more than 500,000 downloads. The remaining apps were: Rubbish Cleaner: more than 100,000 downloads; Inwell Fitness: more than 100,000 downloads; Horoscope Daily: more than 100,000 downloads; App Lock Keep: more than 50,000 downloads; Lockit Master: more than 5,000 downloads; Horoscope Pi: 1,000 downloads; and App Lock Manager: 10 downloads. A search of Google Play shows that all apps have been removed from Play.