Russian hackers create fake versions of popular apps for espionage, - media

Source : 112 Ukraine

This is about mobile versions of programs for Android
21:11, 28 July 2019
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Russian hackers download to the online store's harmful applications that can spy on the owner of a smartphone. This is stated in the report of Lookout, a company that deals with digital security, Voice of America informs.

We are talking about mobile versions of programs for Android, in particular, Skype, Signal, and Pornhub.

"Lookout has discovered a highly targeted mobile malware threat that uses a new and sophisticated set of custom Android surveillanceware tools called Monokle that has possible connections to Russian threat actors. Lookout research indicates these tools are part of a targeted set of campaigns and are developed by the St. Petersburg, Russia-based company, Special Technology Centre, Ltd. (STC, Ltd. or STC)," the company reported.

Lookout emphasizes that this is a common method used by malware developers.
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"They are" repacking "a known application with harmful functions, so as not to arouse users' suspicions," said a company engineer.

According to Lookout, the main risk groups are Muslims, people living in the Caucasus, as well as in the countries of Central Asia, particularly in Uzbekistan.

In addition, the company claims that the Monocle addon was developed by a company that is associated with the General Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces (GRU).
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