Chinese cyber spies target protesters’ smartphones with malware
Amidst the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, protesters’ iPhones and Android devices are being infiltrated with malicious software. Lacoon, the mobile security company that discovered the malware, stated that software of this type – that attacks both Android and iOS – is very rare, suggesting a powerful organisation is behind it.
The malware was initially disguised as an Android app pretending to help activists arrange protests. Analysis of the application led to Chinese internet sites which also contained malware designed to steal information from iPhones.
Lacoon researchers wrote: “The fact that this attack is being used against protesters and is being executed by Chinese-speaking attackers suggests it’s linked to Chinese government cyber activity.”
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