Android Spyware Targets Executives


A newly discovered Android spyware believed to be targeting high-level executives, but requires manual installation on devices, according to security firm Skycure.

The malicious application was identified as a commercial spyware called Exaspy, which provides an attacker with access to a lot of the victim’s data. The program, Skycure researchers reveal, was installed on an Android 6.0.1 device owned by a Vice President at an unamed company.

The most interesting part of the finding, the security researchers say, was that the malware required user interaction during installation, meaning that the attacker needed physical access to the device to infect it, or extreme and effective social engineering.

Because the malware requires such interaction to be installed, the real-world threat level is relatively low for those who take reasonable security precautions regarding their mobile devices.

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