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20+ Android Apps Found With Dangerous PhoneSpy Spyware You Need To Remove Now

Key Specifications:

  • New Spyware PhoneSpy has been found who is targeting Android users.
  • Currently, this spyware is targeting South Korean Users.
  • This spyware is hiding below 23 apps that look legitimate

 

Be Careful Android Phone Users! Researchers have found that is targeting Android users and trying to steal their personal data. PhoneSpy is a new spyware campaign. It involves a collection of spyware apps masquerading as helpful tools.

Mostly, South Korean users of Android devices are in clutches right now. It involves a collection of spyware apps masquerading as helpful tools. So it a high time to spread awareness.

Mobile security company Zimperium recently found PhoneSpy. The company explains, PhoneSpy disguises itself as a standard mobile app that purports to stream movies, help users learn yoga, or browse photo collections. But in reality, the spyware steals documents, photos, videos, and more from the Android phone.

PhoneSpy was found hiding inside as many as 23 apps that look genuine, much like any other legitimate Android app. But it can do more harm than just stealing the identity of Android apps. Researchers said PhoneSpy can access the camera of the phone it has targeted and use it to take photos and record videos without the user’s knowledge.

These photos and videos could be a way to commit personal or corporate blackmail, but they can also be used to commit cyber espionage.

PhoneSpy Android spyware campaign

According to Zimperium, here’s what a PhoneSpy app can do to your phone:

  • Complete list of the installed applications
  • Steal phone contacts
  • Record video in real-time using front & rear cameras
  • Access camera to take photos using front & rear cameras
  • Exfiltrate device information (IMEI, Brand, device name, Android version)
  • Conceal its presence by hiding the icon from the device’s drawer/menu
  • Steal credentials using phishing
  • Steal images
  • Monitoring the GPS location
  • Steal SMS messages
  • Steal call logs
  • Record audio in real-time
  • Send SMS to attacker-controlled phone number with attacker-controlled text

Zimperium claims to have told off authorities in South Korea and the US, but the spyware is as active and spreading fast. So, keep away from suspicious apps if you want to save your data for all nefarious reasons.

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