Skygofree Virus: 'One of the most powerful spyware tools ever seen' Feature Image

Published: 22/01/2018

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Skygofree Virus: 'One of the most powerful spyware tools ever seen'

Kaspersky has discovered a malware intrusion, called Skygofree, which can trick your smart phone into installing it if you visit fake websites, or install unofficial apps. If installed it can record audio, connect to WIFI networks, and analyse traffic use on your phone. 

Kaspersky have said it is one of the most powerful spyware tools ever seen.

 

(Source: Ars Technica)

How does it infect smartphones?

Luckily, there has been no known cases in the UK to date. However, Kaspersky have found cases in Italy were fake websites are published, proclaiming to be mobile operators. They advertise fake downloads which are supposed to improve your phones performance, such as internet speed.

Once downloaded, the malware can monitor apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype. This is concerning, as these apps are supposedly safe with security such as end to end encryption.

(Source: Computer Bild)

How to avoid the infection

Use official stores! When downloading anything on your phone it is important you go through official stores. For example, the iTunes and Apple store on your iPhone and the Play store on Android devices.

Furthermore, if you receive any suspicious emails, make sure you don’t click on any links or downloads. This is one of the main ways hackers can gain access to your mobile.

Be careful out there!

(Main Image Source: Newburgh Gazette)