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Wow Android malware able to steal WhatsApp messages

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Security researchers have discovered powerful new malicious software which is capable of stealing WhatsApp messages from Android devices.

The malware is designed for targeted cyber-surveillance and includes hacking abilities which have never been seen before outside of controlled research settings.

Gadget Technology Wow Android malware able to steal WhatsApp messages

It is capable of turning infected smartphones into recording devices based on their location they are in and can steal WhatsApp messages when they are unencrypted on the devices themselves.

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Discovered by researchers from Kaspersky Lab, the surveillance software has been active since 2014 and has been named “Skygofree” after one of the domains used by the malware.

Kaspersky Lab explained that the malware has nothing to do with Sky or the Sky Go product, service or app.
Gadget Technology Wow Android malware able to steal WhatsApp messages

It allows the attacker to take pictures and videos, seize call records and access the phone’s geolocation capabilities to track the victim.

Details found in the code of the spyware suggested it was developed by Negg International, an Italian cybersecurity company.

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Speaking to Sky News, Kaspersky’s principal security researcher Vincente Diaz said that it was not clear from this whether Negg developed the software themselves or if the malicious software had been modified to falsely implicate them.

Gadget Technology Wow Android malware able to steal WhatsApp messages

Negg does advertise itself as providing cyber tools for legitimate investigators, but did not talk about the software – which could be developed and operated within the law – when contacted by Sky News.

Its CEO Francesco Taccone told Sky News the company had no comment.

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