Malware Analysts at security company Doctor Web said that the apps are behind real use cases like photo editing and framing, exercises and training, horoscopes and junk file removal Android devices, and were fully functional.
The apps invited users to remove ads and access all of their features by simply logging into their Facebook accounts and thus getting their credentials.
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The analysts believe the trick could have been used to steal logins and passwords from any service.
A Google spokesman said Ars Technica that Google not only removed the offensive apps, but also banned the developers of all nine apps from the platform.