Android security has announced that is has been made aware of a very deadly malware app nicknamed “Skygofree” by the researchers, from Kaspersky Labs, who found it.
A newly-uncovered form of Android spyware is one of the most advanced targeted surveillance tools ever seen on mobile devices, coming equipped with spying features never previously seen active in the wild.
The multistage malware “Skygofree” is designed for surveillance and puts the device in full remote control of the attackers. It will enable to do the following:
- enabling them to perform advanced attacks including location-based sound recording
- stealing communications including WhatsApp messages
- and connecting to compromised networks controlled by the malware operators.
Alexey Firsh, malware analyst in targeted attacks research at Kaspersky Lab says:
“Given the artefacts we discovered in the malware code and our analysis of the infrastructure, we have a high level of confidence that the developer behind the Skygofree implants is an Italian IT company that offers surveillance solutions,”
The researchers believe that the app is still receiving updates from its authors, which currently has 48 different commands that all access to almost every service and information piece on the infected devices.
In order to protect against falling for these sorts of targeted cyber-attacks, mobile users are encouraged to use a security tool to help protect their device and to exercise caution when they receive emails from people or organisations they don’t know, or with unexpected requests or attachments.