Google warns prominent Android users about spyware Hermit

Google warns prominent Android users about spyware Hermit

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  • The tech giant has warned all Android victims and implemented changes in Google Play Protect. Cyber-security researchers last week unearthed ‘Hermit’ which is being used by the governments via SMS messages to target high-profile people like business executives, human rights activists, journalists, academics and government officials.

  • Cybersecurity experts discovered “Hermit” last week, which is used by governments to target high-profile individuals like business executives, human rights activists, journalists, academics, and government officials via SMS messages. Google has discovered compelling evidence that high-profile Android users are being targeted via SMS texts by enterprise-grade Android spyware named “Hermit.”

“Based on our analysis, the spyware, which we named ‘Hermit’ is likely developed by Italian spyware vendor RCS Lab and Tykelab Srl, a telecommunications solutions company we suspect to be operating as a front company,” the researchers from cyber-security company Lookout Threat Lab had said in a blog post. Lookout researchers uncovered the ‘surveillanceware’ that was used by the government of Kazakhstan. Google said late on Thursday that the government-backed bad actors “worked with the target’s ISP (internet service provider) to disable the target’s mobile data connectivity”

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