A Russian defence contractor accused by the United States of supporting cyber-attacks has developed sophisticated software used to spy on smartphones, an American security company said on Wednesday.
St. Petersburg-based Special Technology Center (STC) developed code that has been aimed at a small number of targets, including those interested in a rebel militia in Russian-allied Syria.
The Monokle malware mainly infects devices through corrupted versions of legitimate apps. For this reason, it’s important for all Android users to get apps from a trusted source. For most users, Google Play is the best choice. Avoid downloading apps from third-party app stores and APK downloads. App developers don’t publish their apps on these sites, so they’re put there by unknown third parties. The apps from unreputable sources often look identical, but in fact contain malware.