PhoneSpy spyware detected on more than 1000 Android smartphones.
A new spyware has been discovered that records audio and video in real-time, secretly downloads files to the device, and performs other surveillance activities. Researchers from mobile security company Zimperium have uncovered 23 apps that install spyware they call PhoneSpy. Apart from eavesdropping and document theft, this malware modifies Wi-Fi connections and shares GPS (Location) data.
According to the information released by the company, all known victims so far are located in South Korea. But people in other countries are also targets. Zimperium researchers have yet to detect whether there is a link between phones infected with the malware. Let’s also add that PhoneSpy downloads your contact list.
Information PhoneSpy receives from the device
- All installed apps on the device
- Reading credentials using phishing
- Playing images
- GPS (Location) tracking
- Reading SMS messages
- Reading the contact list
- Reading call logs
- Real-time ambient sound recording
- Video recording using front and rear cameras
- Camera access to take pictures using the front and rear cameras
- Sending SMS by attackers
- Device information (IMEI, Brand, Device name, Android version etc.)
Finally, let us state that it is of great importance to check and install operating system and security updates in order to be protected from software that uses such security vulnerabilities.