Researchers discovered new Android spyware that provides similar capabilities to NSO Group’s Pegasus controversial software. Called PhoneSpy, the mobile surveillance-ware has been spotted activity targeting South Koreans without their knowledge.
PhoneSpy disguises itself as a legitimate application and gives attackers complete access to data stored on a mobile device and grants full control over the targeted device, according to a Zimperium zLabs report published Wednesday.
Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli-based NSO Group, which has been blacklisted by the U.S. government, has been linked to cyberattacks against dissidents, activists and NGO workers. However, it’s unclear from the Zimperium report who is behind PhoneSpy and whether it is being sold commercially. Also unclear from the report is whether high-profile victims or random individuals are being targeted by PhoneSpy.