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Alien versus Predator? No, this Android spyware works together

 
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Alien versus Predator? No, this Android spyware works together
Phone-hugging code can record calls, read messages, track geolocation, access camera, other snooping

"The Android Predator spyware has more surveillance capabilities than previously suspected, according to analysis by Cisco Talos, with an assist from non-profit Citizen Lab in Canada.

Predator and its loader Alien have been around since at least 2019, and are part of a larger suite developed by Cytrox, now called Intellexa. The software, which is designed to spy on and extract data from the devices it's slipped into, is available for Google Android and Apple iOS.

In its deep dive published on Thursday, which examines the Android version of the code, Talos suggests Alien is more than just a loader for a Predator, and that the two work in combination to enable all kinds of espionage and intelligence-gathering activities on compromised devices.

"When used together, these components provide a variety of information stealing, surveillance and remote-access capabilities," the researchers said. "

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Mercenary mayhem: A technical analysis of Intellexa's PREDATOR spyware

By Cisco Talos

PREDATOR is an interesting piece of mercenary spyware that has been around since at least 2019, designed to be flexible so that new Python-based modules can be delivered without the need for repeated exploitation, thus making it especially versatile and dangerous.

New analysis from Talos uncovered the inner workings of PREDATOR and the mechanisms it uses to communicate with the other spyware component deployed along with it known as “ALIEN.” Both components work together to bypass traditional security features on the Android operating system. Our findings reveal the extent of the interweaving of capabilities between PREDATOR and ALIEN, providing proof that ALIEN is much more than just a loader for PREDATOR as previously thought to be.

- LONG but good/techie read:

[link to blog.talosintelligence.com (secure)]
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Re: Alien versus Predator? No, this Android spyware works together
DEEP DIVE:

Inner workings revealed for “Predator,” the Android malware that exploited 5 0-days

Spyware is sold to countries including Egypt, Indonesia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Serbia.

[link to arstechnica.com (secure)]

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Pegasus vs. Predator Dissident’s Doubly-Infected iPhone Reveals Cytrox Mercenary Spyware

[link to citizenlab.ca (secure)]

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Protecting Android users from 0-Day attacks

[link to blog.google (secure)]

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Inner Workings Revealed For 'Predator,' the Android Malware That Exploited 5 0-Days

[link to it.slashdot.org (secure)]
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Re: Alien versus Predator? No, this Android spyware works together
Nice find. Thanks
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Re: Alien versus Predator? No, this Android spyware works together
five stars superb insight in some of those links.

probably above most people's comprehension here though.
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wtf
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Re: Alien versus Predator? No, this Android spyware works together
The phones are really people's biggest security blind spot.

I found out an ex friend hacked me a few years ago, so I started to feed them fake data and gaslit them into a tizzy.

Have FUN with your surveillance people. Once you know someone is spying you own their mind. tounge
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fuckyeah5





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