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Google is notifying Android users targeted by Hermit government-grade spyware

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Google is notifying Android users targeted by Hermit government-grade spyware

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Security researchers at Lookout recently tied a previously unattributed Android mobile spyware, dubbed Hermit, to Italian software house RCS Lab.

Now, Google threat researchers have confirmed much of Lookout’s findings, and are notifying Android users whose devices were compromised by the spyware.

Google said it has “notified the Android users of infected devices,” and has updated Google Play Protect, the app security scanner built-in to Android, to block the app from running.


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Author / Journalist: Zack Whittaker

Category: Technology

Topics: Apple WhatsApp Kazakhstan Mobile applications Android Espionage Google Play Spyware Security NSO Group Lookout Google

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Published On: 2022-06-23, 16:00:02

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