Approximately 1 million Facebook users may have had their account credentials compromised, according to a statement made by Meta Platforms. The company claims this is the result of a security flaw in apps that were downloaded from Apple’s and Alphabet’s app stores.

On Friday, the firm revealed that it had uncovered more than 400 malicious Android and iOS apps designed to steal login information from internet users. Meta claims it notified both Apple and Google of the problem and asked that the apps be removed from their stores.

According to Facebook, these apps were able to trick users into downloading malware by pretending to be legitimate tools like photo editors, mobile games, or health trackers.

Apple has said it has removed 45 of the 400 problematic apps from the App Store. According to a Google spokesperson, the company has removed all of the malicious apps in question.

Cybercriminals “know how popular these apps are and will use similar themes to trick people and steal their accounts and information,” said David Agranovich, director of global threat disruption at Meta. A red flag should go up if an app claims to have features for a different platform or social media site that have not yet been made public.

If a user were to download one of these malicious apps, for instance, a typical scam would begin. The app would trick the user into giving their Facebook credentials because it would be useless without them. The user could then share the finalised photo on social media such as Facebook. Unfortunately, by doing so, they exposed their account to the app’s creator.

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Meta stated it would inform potential victims of ways to avoid being “re-compromised” by teaching them how to identify apps that steal credentials. This includes both Facebook and other accounts.

According to Agranovich, the malicious activity took place outside of Meta’s systems, and not all 1 million users had their passwords compromised.

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