Spyware alert! 23 apps found spying on Android users via mobile camera

This malware can steal crucial data such as images, call logs, contact and messages, record audio and video in real-time using cameras.

PhoneSpy, a malware that spies on Android users was recently found in 23 apps. None of these apps is available on Google Pay as of now. This malware has predominantly been active in UK and Korea.

What is PhoneSpy capable of
This malware is capable of stealing crucial data such as images, call logs, contact and messages, getting the complete list of installed apps, recording audio and video in real-time using cameras and microphones on the phone, extracting device information like IMEI number, device name and brand, and can even grant remote access to the device.

“The application is capable of uninstalling any user-installed applications, including mobile security apps. The device’s precise location is available in real-time to the malicious actors, all without the victim knowing. The spyware also enables the threat actor to use phishing pages for harvesting credentials of Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Kakao Talk,” Zimperium said in a statement.

“PhoneSpy hides in plain sight, disguising itself as a regular application with purposes ranging from learning Yoga to watching TV and videos, or browsing photos,” the mobile security agency Zimperium added.

How to stay safe from such malware
Never download applications on their phones from untrusted sources. Never click on links or download attachments sent with suspicious emails and messages.

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