Researchers have discovered DANGEROUS spyware that eavesdrops on anyone who downloads it.
According to a report, the shady Android app tracks your location and records you through your devices’ microphones.
It then sends the files to the sinister organization behind the technology. Her identity remains a mystery.
They could then use this information to blackmail you – or worse.
Experts from the international cyber group Lab52 identified the malicious app and described it in a blog entry last week.
They said the malware had all the hallmarks of spy technology used by state-sponsored Russian hackers to target Americans and Europeans.
It is unclear how the app called “Process Manager” is installed on the victims’ devices.
Previous Russian spyware campaigns have loaded malware onto devices via links sent via SMS or email.
Process Manager appears as a gear-shaped icon, similar to the settings icon used on standard versions of Android.
Once downloaded, the user will be presented with an app permissions warning asking for access to the cameras and more.
If the user accepts this, the app is hidden and continues to run indefinitely in the background.
It tracks the user’s location using their device’s GPS signal and even records audio through the microphone.
Attackers can also use the spyware to access the device’s camera, read the target’s texts, access their call log, and more.
The researchers said the infrastructure used by the software is similar to Turla, a spyware developed by Russian hackers.
Turla spies have ties to the Kremlin and are behind a series of wiretapping campaigns against European politicians.
However, it is not clear whether Russian hacker groups are behind the new spyware.
“Assignment to Turla does not seem possible given its threat capability,” the researchers wrote.
To protect yourself from Android spyware, it’s worth regularly checking the app permission that has been granted.
You can do this by going to your device settings and searching for applications or Apps and notifications and then Permissions.
Revoke permissions from apps you don’t want to have access to your camera, microphone, and sensitive information.
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