"Hermit" - A new spyware
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Lookout, a cloud-based security company, recently discovered a new spyware called "Hermit".
Hermit spyware is capable of affecting Android and iOS devices.
As TechCrunch reports, security researchers from Lookout have reported that national governments have used the Android version of Hermit spyware in "targeted attacks" in Kazakhstan and Italy.
Hermit is a commercial spyware and has been used by governments in northern Syria, Kazakhstan and Italy.
It was first detected in Kazakhstan in April 2022, when the government violently suppressed protests against its policies.
It was also deployed in Syria's north-eastern Kurdish region and by Italian authorities for anti-corruption investigations.
How does Hermit work?
According to the report, the Hermit Android app is distributed via text message.
The message seems to be coming from a legitimate source.
The malware can impersonate telecommunications companies and other apps developed by manufacturers such as Oppo and Samsung.
Malware Effects on Android and iOS Devices
The Hermit Android malware is modular because it allows spyware to download additional components that are required for the malware to run.
Like other spyware, Hermit malware also uses various modules to record audio as well as collect call logs, messages, photos, emails.
It can redirect phone calls and reveal the exact location of the device.
Spyware is a type of malware that is installed on a computer and collects information about users in the non-knowledge of them.
The presence of spyware is usually hidden from users.
Spyware is secretly installed on users' personal computers.
Spyware collects a variety of personal information, such as Internet surfing habits and the sites that are visited.
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