iOS spyware steals texts, photos, contacts, switches on voice recorder

iOS spyware steals texts, photos, contacts, switches on voice recorder

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Researchers say they have identified malware which aims to steal data from iOS devices as part of a targeted attack.

iOS Spyware

The researchers at security company Trend Micro said they found the iOS spyware as part of their investigation into an active cyber-espionage operation aimed at the military, governments, and defence industries – a campaign whose other tools include phishing emails and websites and malicious iframes injected into legitimate websites.

“While spyware targeting Apple users is highly notable by itself, this particular spyware is also involved in a targeted attack,” the researchers said in their analysis.

The goal of the malware is to steal personal data, record audio, make screenshots, and send them to a remote command-and-control server which the researchers said was still operational earlier this week.

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One installed on iOS 7, the spyware – dubbed XAgent – hides its icon and runs in the background immediately. When the researchers tried to terminate it by killing the process, it would restart almost immediately.

Trend Micro noted that installing the malware on an iOS 8 device yields different results: the icon is not hidden and it also cannot restart automatically. This suggests that the malware was designed prior to the release of iOS 8 last September.

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