Report: Smartphone malware targeting Pakistani officials


ISLAMABAD (Liberal Tribune) A security firm says fake cell phone applications loaded down with malware are focusing and targeting Pakistani officials. Smartphone apps related to online dating and updates on the Kashmir issue.

Related: India to ease mobile phone shutdown in occupied Kashmir.

Malware targeting Pakistani officials: Reports

A report Wednesday by Canadian organization Blackberry distinguishes new secret activities attempting to steal sensitive and personal information from cell phones.

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Blackberry says it doesn’t have the foggiest idea who is answerable for these illegal activities says it likely includes a state-supported hacking group.

The report says one of the phony applications guaranteed news about Kashmir. India forced a security lockdown in August on the India-administered region, keeping thousands and cutting off broadcast communications for many days

Other phony applications mirrored a sex entertainment site, an online dating talk app, a disaster relief organization,  the Ansar Foundation.

Also, see: Apple removed the police-tracking App used in Hong Kong protests from AppStore.

The applications frequently used Google’s Android working framework and were conveyed through email or social media messaging services, for example, Messenger and WhatsApp.

Blackberry, a previous cell phone giant presently moved to the security business, says the battles mirror a worldwide pattern of programmers focusing on cell phones since people use them for work and in their own lives.

“I don’t think we saw models where they were focusing on specific people,” said the organization’s Brian Robison. “It was more of a broad stroke .”

Blackberry’s report likewise traces continuous cell phone malware battles in different parts of the world in which programmers appear to be acting in the interest of North Korean governments, Vietnamese, Iranian, and Chinese.

One ongoing theme among the various battles: they interwove cell phone malware into more conventional strategies targeting focusing on desktop computers.

“We put a great deal of trust in the play stores to attempt to guard us,” he said Robison.

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