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Sextortion campaign uses Goontact spyware to target Android and iOS users

December 16, 2020

Security researchers from Lookout have discovered new spyware, dubbed Goontcat, that could target both Android and iOS users.

Goontact implement common spyware features, including the ability to gather data from the infected devices and gather system info.

The malware allows operators to retrieve phone identifiers and steal contacts, SMS messages, photos, and even location data.

Goontact is currently distributed via third-party sites promoting free instant messaging apps for escort services for users in Chinese speaking countries, Korea and Japan. The spyware is likely used as part of a sextortion campaign.

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