29 Apr 2020

Sophisticated Android Spyware Attack Spreads via Google Play

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky has disclosed a new campaign targeting specific victims primarily in Southeast Asia that it’s dubbed the PhantomLance espionage campaign. Kaspersky believes that OceanLotus APT could be behind the attacks. The attacks are sophisticated and ongoing, targeting Andriod users in Asia. The campaign features complex spyware that is

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21 Jan 2020

Android Users Beware: These Top Camera Apps May Secretly Be Spying On You

The latest warning issued to consumers downloading apps that require camera access off of the Play Store has come from the research team at CyberNews. The reports expose the camera apps that boast billions of downloads, yet could be stealing user information. The team stated that the apps may spy

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23 Oct 2019

FTC bars company from selling “stalking” apps

Software developer Retina-X Studio is no longer allowed to sell three of its apps designed for monitoring employees and children, because the “stalkerware” applications are often used by cybercriminals to spy on users without their consent, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) determined on Tuesday. The FTC wants the company

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10 Oct 2019

Moroccan Activist Says NSO’s Elite Spy Tools Hacked His iPhone

A new report by Amnesty International accuses Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group of providing the Moroccan government with cyber espionage tools that were used to target a freedom of expression activist and a human rights lawyer in the country. The targets both received text messages containing malicious links that would

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03 Oct 2019

Cybersecurity companies focus on the role of ‘stalkerware’ in domestic abuse

In the US, October functions as the month for both cybersecurity awareness and domestic violence awareness. One threat that lies at the crossroads of cybersecurity and domestic violence, is stalkerware, which refers to commercial spyware that can be legally acquired and can be used to monitor people. Software of this

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30 Sep 2019

Masad Spyware Uses Telegram Bots for Command-and-Control

Researchers with Juniper Threat labs have uncovered a new spyware variant targeting Windows and Android systems. The malware, called the “Masad Clipper and Stealer,” not only gathers sensitive data after infecting a device, but is also capable of extracting funds from cryptocurrency wallets. The threat actors are controlling the spyware

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23 Aug 2019

Open-source spyware bypasses Google Play defenses — twice

Threat actors managed to upload a spyware-serving radio app to the Google Play Store twice within two weeks, ESET discovered. The app was called Radio Balouch and while it actually worked as advertised, it also infected users with AhMyth, an open-source remote access spyware tool. After the app made it

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10 Apr 2019

TajMahal cyber-espionage campaign uses previously unseen malicious tools

At the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS) in Singapore, Kaspersky Lab researchers described a sophisticated cyber espionage campaign uncovered at the end of last year. The campaign, which seems to have no links to know threat actors, uses malware dubbed TajMahal, which researchers describe as “a technically sophisticated APT framework

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04 Apr 2019

Over 58,000 Android users had stalkerware installed on their phones last year

A new report by Kaspersky Lab highlights the rise of ‘stalkerware’, which is a type of spyware offered by legitimate firms for supposedly benign aims like monitoring children or employees. However, many stalkerware apps do not indicate to users that they are being monitored, even though legitimate solutions should do

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11 Feb 2019

Android WARNING: Fake version of popular app STEALS sensitive data from your Google phone

Security researchers with Bitdefender have found the powerful Triout spyware in a fake version of a popular Android app that has been downloaded over 50 million times from the Google Play Store. The malicious version of the app is distributed through third-party app platforms. The researchers expect that Triout will be bundled in more

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