What is the issue - Researchers from Malwarebytes Labs uncovered three Instagram assistance apps that are stealing users’ credentials. These apps are available for download in the Google Play Store.
Why it matters - These fake apps are detected by Malwarebytes as Android/Trojan.Spy.FakeInsta and are targeting Iranian users.
What are the three apps - The three fake Instagram assistance apps include Followkade, LikeBegir and Aseman Security.
The big picture
Researchers noted that these fake Instagram assistance apps claim to boost your likes, increase your followers, and protect your account from being hacked but ultimately steal your credentials.
“I would imagine there aren’t a lot of Iranian Instagram assistance apps on Google Play, so it’s an easy target for malware authors of that region. In these cases, picking a highly-rated and installed app isn’t much help to be safe,” the researchers wrote in a blog.