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Hackers have made COVID-19 themed malware to spy on your Android over your camera.

Watching out for each link texted to your Android phone promises an application to keep track of coronavirus. Downloading the app will let snoops, allegedly operating in Libya, watching you through the camera of your smartphone, you listen via the microphone or pilfer all your text messages.

by researchers at cybersecurity firm Lookout is the newest in. It is not clear how this latest strain of malware spreading (not in Google Play, for example), but it disguises itself as a legitimate version of “corona life” applications, which provides data from the Johns Hopkins tracker of coronavirus infection rates and mortality.

Under the disguise, though, is a customized version of SpyMax, commercial spyware which can be obtained online by anyone with a free internet connection. In this case, Lookout researcher Kristin Del Rosso has been associated with malware with another 30 rogue Android apps that use the same command and control infrastructure monitoring a larger campaign that has been active at least since April 2019. Among those 30 applications other false instrument claims to be a media player and, curiously, a tool that lets users search for the customer’s name phone number Libya. Researchers

Lookout does not have evidence of these actors Android malware that is supported by the nation-state, but noted “The use of commercial surveillanceware family has been observed in the past as part of the tools used by nation-states The middle East.”

Del Rosso told Forbes that among all COVID currently -19 threats facing smartphone themed, “in front of the phone, this appears be privacy-invasive malware most I seen yet.” It works on all Android phones on Gingerbread (2.3.3) to the current device

As for where to look out for this type of threat, Del Rosso added :. “Typically, malware like this is the deployment through SMS or from a link on a website set up actor watering hole, where the application is available for download.”

Earlier, ransomware copy.

Forbes has been watching all of coronavirus-themed online threats out there, that you can find.

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