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Malicious SpyPhone MalWARE Disguises Itself as a Legitimate App ~ Takes Control of Your Android ~ Opens your Mic ~ Opens your Camera’s Eye ~ Takes your Identity, or Worse ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž

August 3, 2013

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž While Android continues to grow from strength in offering consumers an enjoyable all-round user experience, there are some very Frightening trade-offs when compared to the likes of Apple’s iPhone iOS. Malicious SpyPhone MalWARE disguises Itself as a Legitimate App ~ Takes Control of Your Android ~ Opens your Mic ~ Opens your Camera’s Eyes ~ Takes your Identity, or worse…. Do we have your Attention yet.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž Malicious SpyPhone Software Can Disguise Itself as a Legitimate App. It then takes control of your Android Device without changing how you interact with your smartphone.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž Black Hat Security. Malware remains a significant issue on Googleโ€™s mobile operating system, this being the week of the Black Hat Security conference, examining new threats and possible solutions pertaining to Android security have been coming to light.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž One Significant Threat, outlined by Director of Kindsight Security Labs’ Kevin McNamee, involves the installation of a Malicious App named "SpyPhone." Once the SpyPhone App is installed onto an Android SmartPhone or Tablet, the App’s Malicious-Code infiltrates the Android device, and can essentially keep tabs on all of your activity, hear you, watch you, record your voice and telephone calls, look at you, through the front and rear cameras, watching all your whereabouts, record all your key-strokes, copy your bank records, transfer money right from your own smartphone. This App is very smart, as it disguises itself as a safe App, rendering it invisible to “anti-malware” software.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž Do we have Your Attention.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž Android Malware is marginally common in the grand scheme of things. However, when compared with the relatively incident-free Apple’s iOS, this Android prone malware capability is, or should be frightening for Android users and Android smartphone makers.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž SpyPhone is a lot more prevalent in Android devices than, Android smartphone makers would want publicized. Recent sampling of 500,000 Android devices by Lacoon Mobile Security, discovered 625 Android devices were infected by SpyPhone Malicious Malware. Lacoon Mobile Security’s discovery-software is a Commercial product, used for all manner of purposes from International Spying to Parental monitoring, McNamee and his team have written a special code enabling itself to be Concealed within an App.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž So a perfectly legitimate Instagram or Cut The Rope APK could be manipulated, enabling a Hacker to Spy on a frightening number of aspects regarding your device, its contents, where it is, where you are, who’s talking in it, who’s talking even when not on a call, listening all the time to conversations while your device is in your pocket, what things look like using the Android’s Front and Rear cameras in HDTV quality videos, live streaming all this content to the “Bad Guys” in Russia, Iran, Yemen…

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž The App’s code when being installed to request all the typical permissions, leaving the SpyPhone App with free-reign of all your contacts, messages, emails, bank accounts, the microphones, the video cameras, the 10MP digital camera, you name it, the malicious code is in total control of all your personal, private, confidential, business information, plus your whereabouts, tracking your every movement, recording everything at will.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž Itโ€™s rather unnerving to think how easily an intruder could get into your deviceโ€™s innards by simply repackaging a common App, and by (A) sticking to the Google Play Store, (B) making sure to check for unnecessary permission requests from basic apps may keep you safe, thereโ€™s no doubt that SpyPhone is one to be keeping a Wide Open Eye out for.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž The fact that SpyPhone malware operates completely silently, in the background, is perhaps the most frightening aspect of all. Therefore if you were to unwittingly install SpyPhone on your Android device, you would have no way of knowing anything was amiss until, say, your bank accounts were totally withdrawn to zero balances, or worse, your identity completely taken, your private actions were all Publicized, or worse Distributed to the Russian, Mid East, or Asian Organized Crime circles to take your money or to enforce extortion schemes.

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž An intruder would have better opportunity getting their unscrupulously SpyPhone malware-repackaged App, into circulation by distributing it outside of the Play Store. Google is monitoring their channels, and may pick up on a hidden or disguised SpyPhone App. With that said, itโ€™s not beyond the realm of possibility, that the SpyPhone Malware App will eventually “slip through the net.”

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž Therefore always be on the look-out when an App appears to be making too many unreasonable permissions requests upon its installation. Follow this slogan: “When in Doubt Don’t”


๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž Looking for an “excuse” to migrate to a safer platform, SpyPhone and Android Malware concerns may be a good reason to jump to Apple’s safer iPhone.


๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž https://media.blackhat.com/us-13/US-13-Brodie-A-Practical-Attack-against-MDM-Solutions-WP.pdf


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