Friday, October 17, 2014

Hackers Target Hong Kong Protesters via iPhones

When the Hong Kong protests were at their height, activists using WhatsApp received messages advertising a program that promised to help them coordinate protests.  

When the demonstrators downloaded the program through a link in the message, it turned out to be malicious software—most likely created by the Chinese government—that hacked their smartphones.

Lacoon Mobile Security, based in San Francisco, began to analyze the phony app after spotting unusual communication on the networks of its corporate clients, some of whose employees had downloaded it. In tracing the spyware’s path to the websites where it sent data, Lacoon’s researchers found a much rarer species of malware: a version that can steal information from iPhones. (more) (video)