Technology has brought many positive changes in people’s lives. With it, many activities became more practical, which may have facilitated the daily lives of many. On the other hand, this also allowed new scams using technology to be created.
Thus, they got the name of cybercrimes. They can range from calls, emails with suspicious links to even a cell phone application contaminated with a virus that can steal account data on a website. This is the case with malware that steals Facebook account data.
Viruses can steal data
First of all, it is important to explain how the virus can steal someone’s Facebook account data.
According to the cybersecurity company, Zimperium, responsible for discovering the malware, the situation happens as follows: the user downloads the application, which is already contaminated with malware.
Then, to make use of the application, he chooses the option to login with Facebook. Thus, he is redirected to a fake page, which mimics the Facebook login page.
By entering data to login, the malware manages to steal them. Therefore, among the data that the virus can steal are the full name, password, cell phone number, email and others.
In addition, the virus now has access to the device ID and API (Application Programming Interface) and RAM (Random Access Memory).
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Viruses present in educational apps
It is worth remembering that, according to Zimperium, the identification of the virus happened mostly in education applications.
Because of this, they received the name “Schoolyard Bullies”, for initially appearing innocent but later acting like “a bully” at school.
In other words, this means that programming the code involved stealing data entered in the password and e-mail spaces, for example, when trying to log in on the false page.
In all, 37 apps were identified with the problem, but they are no longer available in the official store. However, they may be available from third-party stores.
In addition, the malware was present in applications in more than 70 countries, and it is estimated that it has contaminated more than 300,000 cell phones. Of the total, most cases occurred in Vietnam.
How to avoid?
Cell phone owners can take steps to avoid having problems with this. In other words, to avoid falling for such scams.
In this way, one of the ways is to avoid downloading applications that are not in the official mobile application store. This happens because in the official store the applications still go through security criteria.
Another way is to always research the application before downloading it, either on the Internet or by reading the comments available on its download page.
In addition, having an antivirus on your cell phone can also be another way.
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