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Targeted Spyware Apps for Android Eradicated by Google

Google’s Android Security has found and blocked a series of targeted spyware apps, part of the Lipizzan malware family, believed to have been developed for cyber espionage. Although the apps seemed to have a benign behavior at first, a second malicious payload would be downloaded once the device matched certain criteria.

Both the benign and the malicious component seem to have been developed by the same company, Equus Technologies, as security researchers concluded the stage two payload had the same signing certificate as the stage one application.

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