Hackers can secretly snap photos of victims and record their conservations using terrifying ‘spyware’ which turns smartphones into surveillance devices, security researchers have warned.
Cyber-sleuths have issued an urgent warning about super-powerful software which lets creepy hi-tech heavy breathers rummage through people’s WhatsApp messages and secretly snoop on their lives.
The malware is called Skygofree and features capabilities which are ‘previously unseen in the wild’, according to experts from Kaspersky Lab.
It appears to have been designed by a shadowy Italian surveillance firm, who have been working the software since 2015.
Skygofree affects Android phones and is spread through fake webpages which ‘mimic the sites of mobile operators’.
So far, everyone that’s been infected by the malware has been Italian.
Kaspersky wrote: ‘The Skygofree Android implant is one of the most powerful spyware tools that we have ever seen for this platform.’
It added: ‘The implant’s functionality has been improving and remarkable new features implemented, such as the ability to record audio surroundings via the microphone when an infected device is in a specified location; the stealing of WhatsApp messages via Accessibility Services; and the ability to connect an infected device to Wi-Fi networks controlled by cybercriminals.’
The spyware can also take photos of people through their device’s front-facing camera.