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Millions targeted by spyware in new supply chain attack

Threat actors carried out a supply chain attack targeting online gamers based in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka by introducing malware through an Android emulator called NoxPlayer, The Hacker News reports. Cybersecurity researchers at ESET said the campaign, which they dubbed “Operation NightScout,” possibly started around September 2020 and used an exploit of NoxPlayer’s…
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A New Software Supply‑Chain Attack Targeted Millions With Spyware

Threat actors carried out a supply chain attack targeting online gamers based in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka by introducing malware through an Android emulator called NoxPlayer, The Hacker News reports. Cybersecurity researchers at ESET said the campaign, which they dubbed “Operation NightScout,” possibly started around September 2020 and used an exploit of NoxPlayer’s…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Report accuses China of extensive mobile spyware use to track ethnic minority group

A new blog post and research report from the Lookout Threat Intelligence Team has exposed the lengths to which a reputed Chinese government-sponsored APT operation has allegedly gone to track the country’s Uyghur minority population, including the trojanization of mobile apps with surveillanceware. Lookout details four spyware families — SilkBean, DoubleAgent, CarbonSteal and GoldenEagle —…
Coronavirus, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Spyware disguised as COVID-19 tracker app actually keeps track of users

Another malicious actor has weaponized an otherwise legitimate, interactive coronavirus tracking map created by Johns Hopkins University — this time to deliver Android spyware as part of a campaign that originates out of Libya and seemingly targets individuals within that country. The surveillanceware, known as SpyMax, comes packaged in a trojanized application named “corona live…
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CallerSpy spyware: Possibly the first phase of a targeted attack

A new cyberespionage tool called CallerSpy was revealed by Trend Micro, but exactly what the developer’s intentions are for the malware is still unknown. CallerSpy was first spotted in May on the typosquatted website https://gooogle[.]press/ where it was advertised as a chat app called Chatrious. Using the misspelled Google name in the URL appears to…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Sophisticated Android spyware toolset ‘Monokle’ linked to sanctioned Russian defense contractor

A company that was sanctioned by the U.S. government for allegedly helping Russia interfere with the 2016 elections has developed an advanced set of offensive spyware tools with functionality that researchers claim they have never before witnessed in real-life attack campaigns. Dubbed Monokle, the spyware toolset was actually developed as far back as 2015, according…
Mobile Security, Security News

WhatsApp patches flaw allowing easy installation of Pegasus spyware

Facebook posted a security advisory for a buffer overflow vulnerability in its subsidiary WhatsApp that could allow an attacker to install Pegasus spyware on victims devices. The  Israeli NSO group developed spyware allows its users to turn on a phone’s camera and mic, scan emails and messages, and collect the user’s location data and can…
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Mobile Security, Security News

Massively invasive Italian spyware campaign found on Google Play

The non-profit security organization Security Without Borders (SWB) has identified a campaign utilizing Italian-language service applications from mobile operators apps that instead of doing their stated function are in fact spyware. The groups report stated that dozens of infected apps had been found in the Google Play store with a possible download total in the…
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Cybercriminals secretly bundle anti-censorship app with spyware framework

A legitimate application that’s supposed to help users access censored or blocked websites was secretly bundled with Android spyware and made available for download on third-party marketplaces last year. The app, known as Psiphon and packaged as com.psiphon3, has been safely downloaded from the official Google Play Store over 50 million times. But users who attained…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Researchers: Remexi spyware campaign targeted diplomatic institutions based in Iran

A cyberespionage campaign targeted Iranian IP addresses late last year, with the goal of infecting victims with an updated version of Remexi backdoor malware, researchers have reported. Some of these IP addresses belong to foreign diplomatic entities located within Iran’s borders. Remexi is typically associated with a reputed Iranian APT group known as Chafer. Its…
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