A Powerful Spyware App Now Targets iPhone Owners
Posted On April 9, 2019
Security researchers have discovered a powerful surveillance app first designed for Android devices can now target victims with iPhones.
The spy app, found by researchers at mobile security firm Lookout, said its developer abused their Apple-issued enterprise certificates to bypass the tech giant’s app store to infect unsuspecting victims.
disguised carrier assistance app once installed can silently grab a
victim’s contacts, audio recordings, photos, videos and other device
information — including their real-time location data. It can be
remotely triggered to listen in on people’s conversations, the
researchers found. Although there was no
data to show who might have been targeted, the researchers noted that
the malicious app was served from fake sites purporting to be cell
carriers in Italy and Turkmenistan.
Researchers linked the app to the makers of a previously discovered Android app, developed by the same Italian surveillance app maker Connexxa, known to be in use by the Italian authorities.
The Android app, dubbed Exodus, ensnared hundreds of victims — either by installing it or having it installed. Exodus had a larger feature set and expanded spying capabilities by downloading an additional exploit designed to gain root access to the device, giving the app near complete access to a device’s data, including emails, cellular data, Wi-Fi passwords and more, according to Security Without Borders.
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