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Booby-Trapped Messaging Apps Used for Spying: Researchers

January 19, 2018

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An espionage campaign using malware-infected messaging apps has been stealing smartphone data from activists, soldiers, lawyers, journalists and others in more than 20 countries, researchers said in a report Thursday.

A report authored by digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation and mobile security firm Lookout detailed discovery of “a prolific actor” with nation-state capabilities “exploiting targets globally across multiple platforms.”

Desktop computers were also targeted, but getting into data-rich mobile devices was a primary objective, according to the report.

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