A Secret Hacking Group Is Using Android Malware to Spy on Thousands of People in 21 Countries, Research Finds


A shadowy hacking campaign has been operating out of a Beirut building owned by the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security for the last six years, stealing text messages, call logs, and files from journalists, military members, corporations, and other targets in 21 countries, according to a joint report released today by cybersecurity firm Lookout and digital civil rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The hacking group, nicknamed Dark Caracal by Lookout and the EFF, uses custom Android malware included in fake versions of secure messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp to steal text messages—including two-factor authentication codes—and other data from targets’ mobile devices, the researchers found.

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Source: Gizmodo