No Pegasus, now this spyware is being used to spy, monitor high-profile people!
You probably know about Pegasus spyware. A report claimed that the Indian government is spying on people with the help of this software. There was a huge uproar from the opposition side. Its echo was heard throughout the Parliament. The opposition was continuously attacking the government. Newspaper headlines also flashed with the words ‘Pegasus spyware’. The matter had not cooled down because now once again a new spyware has taken over the government. Actually, cyber security researchers have made a big disclosure. He says the government is now using a new “spyware” called “hermit spyware” to spy on instead of Pegasus.
According to India Today, Hermit is a new Android spyware. It is used by governments to target high-profile people. It is said that high-profile people being targeted by this spyware include business executives, human rights activists, journalists, government officials, etc. The spyware installed on the target system via SMS was first detected in Kazakhstan. However, it was later found in Syria and Italy.
Who developed ‘Hermit spyware’?
Cybersecurity company Lookout Threat Lab found that the Kazakh government was using a spyware Hermit in April this year. The researchers said in a blog post that the Hermit spyware was developed based on analysis by Italian spyware retailer RCS Lab and telecommunications solutions company Tyclub Srl. The researchers said they suspected that the telecom solutions company was acting as a front company.
Hermit can run on all Android versions
According to security researchers Lookout, this spyware can run on all Android versions. According to him, this is not the first time the Hermit has been used. The spyware was used by the Italian government for an anti-corruption campaign in early 2019. He also said there is evidence that spyware was used by unidentified individuals in northeastern Syria. Let us tell you that RCS Lab is active for more than 30 decades. Not only that, it also trades in the markets of Pegasus developer NSO Group and Finfisher developer Gamma Group.
users are deceived
Researchers have found that these Android apps are delivered via text messages. It is like a phishing attack. In which users are tricked into believing that the message is coming from a legal source. It mimics apps from telecom companies and smartphone brands like Samsung and Oppo. These apps seem so reliable that users usually download them on their mobiles.