Dangerous spyware that spies on anyone who downloads it has been discovered by researchers.
The dodgy Android app keeps track of your location and records you through your devices’ microphones, according to a report.
He then sends the files to the obscure organization behind the technology. Their identity remains a mystery.
They could then use this information to blackmail you – or worse.
Experts from the international cybergroup Lab52 identified the malicious app and described it in a blog post 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 application, called “Process Manager”, is installed on victims’ devices.
Previous Russian spyware campaigns have loaded malware onto devices via text or email links.
Process Manager appears as a gear-shaped icon similar to the settings icon used in stock versions of Android.
Once downloaded, a warning regarding app permissions is displayed to the user requesting access to cameras and more.
If the user accepts them, the app is hidden and continues to run in the background indefinitely.
It keeps track of 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 appears similar to Turla, spyware developed by Russian hackers.
The Turla snoopers have ties to the Kremlin and are behind a series of eavesdropping campaigns against European politicians.
However, it is unclear whether Russian hacking groups are behind the new spyware.
“Attribution to Turla does not seem possible given her threat capabilities,” the researchers wrote.
To protect yourself against Android spyware, it is worth regularly checking the permission of the application you have granted.
You can do this by going to your device’s settings and looking for apps or apps and notifications and then permissions.
Revoke permissions from apps you don’t want access to your camera, microphone, and sensitive information.
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