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Android Malware Could Steal Messages From WhatsApp

A new malware issue with Android operating systems sees anyone with WhatsApp could have their private messages stolen or be recorded without knowing.

Researches at Kapersky Labs say this malware has been around since 2014 and has been dubbed ‘SkyGoFree’.

In a post on Secure List researchers explain what the malware can do, ‘Since [2014], the implant’s functionality has been improving and remarkable new features implemented, such as the ability to record audio surroundings via the microphone when an infected device is in a specified location; the stealing of WhatsApp messages via Accessibility Services; and the ability to connect an infected device to Wi-Fi networks controlled by cyber criminals.”

The researchers also warn infected devices could be used to take photos and videos on the device even when it is locked.

In a blog post, it explains how hackers could gain access to the phone, “As mentioned, we observed a payload that exclusively targets the WhatsApp messenger and it does so in an original way. The payload uses the Android Accessibility Service to get information directly from the displayed elements on the screen, so it waits for the targeted application to be launched and then parses all nodes to find text messages”

No resolution has been made yet but stay tuned for more updates.

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