Android and iPhone apps found to contain spyware

Android and iPhone apps found to contain spyware

Security groups Lookout has discovered multiple Android and iPhone apps containing spyware that allows the apps’ creators to obtain a great deal of information from your phone.

On the iPhone, the app was not available in the App Store, but it was generally obtained from a website. Hundreds of Android users were able to download the apps through the official Google Play Store. All impacted users are believed to be in Italy or Turkmenistan.

The spyware allowed the creators to obtain users’ contacts, photos, and location, and they were able to remotely record audio – all without their knowledge.

Though these apps targeted consumers only in Italy and Turkmenistan, it could happen anywhere. Be sure to only download apps from official stores and from trusted sources. Read more tips in our toolkit.