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Security researchers discover iOS version of Android-targeted spyware

12 April, 2019, 18:24 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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This is not a unique feature for the United Kingdom government that's for sure, and this means that developers can get ready to roll out the NFC functionality from Android apps to the iOS-powered iPhone.

Once successfully installed, Exodus for Android can carry out an extensive amount of surveillance. Researchers believe this malware is distributed as so-called "lawful intercept" software, which is generally used by law enforcement and governments.

After you installed Exodus, the spyware could access your photos, videos, device IDs, contacts, audio records, and also can track your location and can listen to your conversations through your device's microphone.

The researchers said the iOS variant of the surveillanceware, called Exodus, is less sophisticated than the version that tends to target Android devices.

"Analysis of these Android samples led to the discovery of infrastructure that contained several samples of an iOS port".

The phishing sites tricked users into believing that they are legit portals from mobile carriers.

Lookout researchers found out that the developer of the iOS version of Exodus used the Apple enterprise certificate to invade iPhones.

While the misuse of Apple's Enterprise Certificate Program is becoming an issue with every passing day, Tim and his company will have to take desperate measures to protect the privacy of its users and promote safer environment on the app store.

In other words, the app only launched for Android. "It is not common to use this program to distribute malware, although there have been past cases where malware authors have done so". Their last work was widely appreciated in which they created Exodus, based on Android for Italian authorities. Apple's strict app store check gives the assurance that no surveillance spyware invades iOS.

The new iOS 12.3 software introduces the updated Apple TV app, this new app will bring the Apple TV+ subscription service to iOS device and also the new Apple TV Channels subscription service. This iOS version of Exodus is built to look like a mobile carrier support application, and it's using all the mechanism to collect as much data as possible.



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