Google pushes for play protect update while protecting from Hermit Spyware
Google claims that the Hermit Spyware is supported by an Internet Service Provider (IPS). It tricks users into downloading harmful apps on their devices. And hence Google pushed for a play protection update for protecting devices from Hermit Spyware.
Additionally, various researches claim that Hermit Spyware is operated by the government of Kazakhstan and Italy. Google has found two victims in both countries.
What is Hermit Spyware?
According to Lookout’s reports, Hermit Spyware can trace and download capacities from a command and control server. Moreover, it can also track the victims location, call/message records, pictures, videos, audio and also the complete operating system of the Android.
Which mobiles does it affect mostly? Android or iPhones?
The malware actors have their victims’ devices affected by the spy tool which shares a unique link in an SMS and connects the victims with the attack chain.
The director of threat Richard Melick mentions that, ‘Hermit is yet another example of a digital weapon being used to target civilians and their mobile devices, and the data collected by the malicious parties involved will surely be invaluable’, for reports with Zimperium.
However, this Spyware maintains the balance as it can affect both iPhone and Android mobiles equally. Additionally, Google’s cybersecurity researchers claim that ISPs have been supporting the malware actors for trapping innumerous devices across the world.
Also, Hermit apps were never made available on the play store and app store. But somehow, the Hermit Spyware operators successfully enrolled in Apple’s Developer Enterprise Program. Later many malware apps were found in App store.
And hence to keep all the iPhone users data and other personal information safe, Apple has abandoned all the apps, accounts which are found malicious.
Moreover, even Google urged to update play protection update for securing users I’d and personal details.