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Triout Malware Carries Out Extensive, Targeted Android Surveillance



A mobile spyware for Android was disclosed today, with extensive, advanced surveillance capabilities that suggest that a sophisticated actor is pulling the strings.

Using a recently discovered malware dubbed Triout, bad actors are tapping into the proliferating footprint of Android-based smartphones: The growing install base offers up a rich attack surface, filled with microphones, cameras and location-tracking capabilities that malefactors can turn into spy tools.

According to a Bitdefender analysis, the spyware’s surveillance capabilities cast a wide net, vacuuming up large amounts of user activity data and broadcasting all of it to an attacker-controlled command-and-control (C&C) server.

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