Fake Android apps used for targeted surveillance found in Google Play

Security researchers have found two separate instances of hackers using Android apps to conduct highly targeted surveillance in the Middle East.

The apps are built from two separate families of surveillance-focused malware, both targeting around a thousand unsuspecting users. The so-called ViperRAT malware was incorporated into two apps, and it has previously targeted members of the Israeli Defense Force. Another app takes two malware types, called Desert Scorpion and FrozenCell, to spy on targets in Palestine.

All three apps are linked to mobile-focused advanced persistent threats, said a new report published Monday by cybersecurity firm Lookout.

Read more about the findings of the report by Lookout on ZDNet.

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