It's called Ghosty and it's an app that promises to allow you to view private profiles if you meet certain requirements in return. Just "just" share your social network access credentials and invite someone to use the same app. From there, you'll be able to see profiles of people who chose to have them private.
According to AndroidPolice, the app works, but its users are basically handing over all their personal data to the app and the individuals responsible for it. Plus, you only see one or two profiles before you start bombarding you with premium ads or packages.
Despite being an app where users freely submit data, it is still an app that facilitates the invasion of privacy. Apparently Ghosty makes use of a flaw in Instagram's programming kit (API) to gain access to profiles marked as private.
Upon learning, Facebook responded by indicating that the Ghosty app violates company usage policies. The social network spokesperson also indicates that he will make a formal request to app owners to cease activity immediately. It is likely that Google was contacted as well.
Ghosty has been around since April 2019
The Ghosty app isn't exactly new, it's been available for download on the Play Store since April. However, the app has already collected half a million downloads, a great indicator of success. In addition to being able to view private profiles, the app also allows you to download profiles.
The most funny thing is that neither Google nor Facebook have become aware of this app until now. Apps that promise privacy intrusion functions are completely banned on the Play Store or at least they should be.
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