Blackberry Report: Smartphone malware targeting Pakistan’s military and government
The Google Android Operating System is used by apps.
- Fake smartphone apps loaded with malware are attacking devices of Pakistani officials.
- The report says one of the fake apps also promised news about Kashmir.
- Email or social media messaging services like WhatsApp, medium to distribute the virus.
A security firm, Blackberry says that the Pakistani government and military officials are being targeted with malware. Fake smartphone apps loaded with malware are attacking devices of Pakistani personnel.
On Wednesday, a report by Canadian company Blackberry says that some spying campaigns have been identified in an attempt to steal sensitive data from mobile devices.
It is still unknown who is responsible for the fake apps but there is a possibility that state-sponsored hacking groups might involve, says Blackberry.
Information about Kashmir
The report says one of the fake apps also promised news about Kashmir. In August, India revoked the article 370 and 35a on the Indian occupied Kashmir, detaining thousands and cutting off telecommunications for days.
While other apps simulated a pornography website, a dating chat service and a disaster relief organization, the Ansar Foundation.
Often, Apps use the Google Android Operating System. Moreover, email or social media messaging services like WhatsApp, medium to distribute the virus.
Blackberry, a former mobile company who switched to the security business, says that the campaigns mirror a global trend of hackers attacking mobile devices because people use them professionally and personally.
“I don’t think we saw examples where they were targeting specific individuals,” said the company’s Brian Robison. “It was more of a broad stroke.”
Robison said many people have been falsely lulled into thinking their phones are more trustworthy. “We put a lot of trust in the public app stores to try to keep us safe,” he said.
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