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Delete these nasty Android apps that can log in to your Google and Facebook accounts right now

Delete these nasty Android apps that can log in to your Google and Facebook accounts right now

No sooner did we report on Wednesday the presence of a new batch of scammy Android apps that had to be removed from the Google Play Store (but not before racking up some 382 million downloads), than yet another wave of such apps has emerged to be aware of. And to remove from your phone, if you have any of them.

Two separate teams of researchers uncovered a pair of nasty apps and Android activity, some of which is among the worst we’ve seen. First, a new batch of nine apps (since removed from the Google Play Store after racking up about 470,000 downloads) comes via a report from Trend Micro that pinpoints a number of sinister purposes for this collection of apps that disguise themselves as seemingly anodyne utilities, with names like Rocket Cleaner and LinkWorldVPN. However, the Trend Micro researchers warn that the apps do everything from quietly connect to servers to download up to 3,000 pieces of malware — and that some can even log in to the unaware users’ Facebook and Google accounts for ad fraud purposes.