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Hamas-linked spyware targeting Palestinians removed from Google Play store

Hamas-linked spyware targeting Palestinians removed from Google Play store (Malware and Vulnerabilities)

A hacking group which analysts believe is linked to Hamas successfully placed highly targeted surveillanceware in the Google Play Store in order to spy on Palestinian targets, according to new research from the mobile security firm Lookout. Desert Scorpion has been tied to a 2017 campaign, known as Frozen Cell, by reuse of the same social media profiles to promote the malware as well as infrastructure using similar IP blocks. Desert Scorpion was spotted in a Google Play Store app called Dardesh. You can see the app’s Play Store page below: (Lookout) Desert Scorpion’s spying functionality tunrs on after a target has downloaded and used the chat app, which is really just a “dropper” for malware pretending to be a settings application.

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