Science

'SonicSpy' Android spyware found in Play Store

'SonicSpy' Android spyware found in Play Store”

It has infected more than 1,000 additional apps hosted at third-party Android app stores.

Of the large number of spyware apps, believed to have come out of Iraq, at least three versions of the malware have appeared in the Play Store in the last six months, according to mobile security company Lookout.

In an email to Ars Technica, Lookout researcher Michael Flossman said that the apps might also be distributed through direct phishing texts with download links, or through non-Google app markets. The group of apps, collectively tagged as SonicSpy, has the ability to record calls and audio, send text messages, and steal contacts and logs.

Soniac, for one, was a customized messenger.

Once installed, the apps will make themselves as invisible as possible, removing their respective launcher icons from the home screen and menu while they establish an initial connection and setup with the remote server that issues their commands.

Researchers have noticed that much of what is known about SonicSpy resembles another strain of malicious apps dubbed SpyNote, which first surfaced in mid-2016. Even if some rumors stated that it might take a while until the feature will be visible for the users, at the moment the Google Play Protect is available on Google Play Store. The developer rebranded the resulting apps with names including Soniac, Hulk Messenger, and (in an apparent bit of humor) Troy Chat. It's built by inserting spy functions into the public source code of Telegram messaging app. Soniac developers were listed as iraqwebservice and Lookout is inspecting these hints more closely.

Anyone who installs the compromised apps will find they have full messaging functionality.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


14 August 2017
Chavista Strongman Cabello Accused of Plotting to Murder Senator Marco Rubio
He is now a powerful political operative who exerts considerable influence over the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela. Rubio has been vocally outspoken against Venezuela, once referring to Cabello as the "Pablo Escobar of Venezuela".

14 August 2017
Jazzed up: Honda hatch gets a fresh look
The additional engine doubles the number available with the Jazz, which is now only available with a 101bhp 1.3-litre petrol. Updates to the exterior are rounded off by the addition of metallic Skyride Blue as a new colour option.

14 August 2017
Latest Update On The Jarryd Hayne And Neil Henry Saga
Titans powerbrokers could not decide what course of action to take during a three-hour meeting and will reconvene at a later date. Hayne told media he did not speak to with Henry during the week leading up to the Tians' 42-16 loss to the Dragons on Friday.

14 August 2017
Recuerdan a Fidel Castro en su natalicio
El natalicio 91 del líder de la Revolución cubana es conmemorado este domingo con diversas iniciativas en Cuba y muchos países. Fuente: Periódico Digital Centroamericano y del Caribe.

14 August 2017
NCC Group PLC (LON:NCC) Insider Acquires 6954 Shares of Stock
In other Diageo plc news, insider Alan Stewart acquired 4,076 shares of Diageo plc stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 306 ($3.98), for a total transaction of £2,098,061.46 ($2,732,206.62).

14 August 2017
Shoppers shun high street and shopping centres
The East Midlands region showed the fastest decline on the high street, of all regions, dropping by 4.7%. The number of empty shops in towns across Northern Ireland is down slightly, falling to 14.3%.

14 August 2017
World's biggest volcanic cluster discovered in Antarctica
We had not expected to find anything like that number", Bingham told The Guardian . One of the volcanoes is nearly 4,000 meters high.

14 August 2017
Sensex jumps 191 points to 31404.24, ignores weak IIP data
The Sensex has so far touched a high of 31,501.29 points and a low of 31,298.90 points during the intra-day trade. Meanwhile, the Nifty was trading higher by 52.40 points or 0.54% at 9,763.20 with 41 components gaining.

14 August 2017
In Britain made an important statement on Brexit
But in a joint article for The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, they agreed there should not be a "cliff-edge" when Britain leaves in March 2019.

14 August 2017
Costa: Chelsea have treated me like a criminal
And Costa wants to seal a return to Spain despite seemingly being interested in a move to China in January. The striker confirmed that the dispute did not arise from a back injury, as was previously reported.