Dangerous spyware found in more than 20 Android apps.

    These days a new spyware named ‘PhoneSpy’ is being used to target Android devices. Many Android devices in South Korea were first targeted through the PhoneSpy campaign and now this spyware is spreading all over the world. This spyware hides in the form of an app like a real Android device and spy on the users. This spyware is present in more than 20 yoga instruction or video streaming apps.

    Spyware is used to spy on smartphone users and they can easily be sent to the target device. With spyware, hackers also get access to the user’s microphone and camera and can record the activity done in the smartphone in real-time. In the past, Pegasus spyware was in the news, which broke into the WhatsApp accounts of thousands of users around the world.

    PhoneSpy deletes mobile security apps

    Researchers from mobile security firm Zimperium have said that PhoneSpy spyware can uninstall or delete security apps present in Android phones. In this way its presence in the device cannot be detected. It has been told in the report that this spyware has been found in about 23 apps that look like normal apps. Its job is to harm as many users as possible by stealing the identity of other Android apps.

    Mobile camera can access in real time

    Researchers have told that PhoneSpy is extremely dangerous and users can access the camera of their Android device in real time without their knowledge. That is, the camera of the users’ phone is recording the video while spying on them and they do not even know. In this way, personal or corporate blackmailing can be done with the help of personal photos and videos and the users’ phone acts as a cyber spying tool.

    Be careful while giving app permissions

    Of course, the threat of spyware can be intimidating, but it can be avoided with a little care. A few things to keep in mind while installing a new app and before giving it permissions will not let you fall prey to espionage. If an app is asking for unnecessary permissions then this should be your first red flag. For example, there is no need to give camera or microphone permissions to a video streaming app.

    App with spyware disappears from menu

    Gimperium researcher Richard Malik told TechCrunch that if users are careless in the process of installing the app, then PhoneSpy gets control of the device. Once installed, PhoneSpy hides itself from the device’s app menu and no icon appears in the list. That is, users cannot delete it easily and its function of stealing data in the background cannot be affected.

    Spyware has not reached Google Play Store

    The big relief is that PhoneSpy spyware has not yet reached the Google Play Store and the apps listed on other marketplaces are also safe. However, according to the report, this spyware is spreading in the devices through methods related to web traffic redirection. In simple language, this is happening by clicking on third-party links and through downloads. It is important that the apps be downloaded and installed only from the official Google Play Store.

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