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Google Stops a Spyware Infection in its Android Application Store


Google has just published details about an advanced new spyware which it, of late, stopped from infecting the Android App Store following knowledge of the malware getting utilized on a few Android end-users.


It appears that Equus Technologies developed this fresh group of spyware tools called Lipizzan. Equus is a firm for which Google used the term "cyber arms" supplier within one security blog dated July 26, 2017.


Google found a total of twenty Lipizzan applications spread within a targeted model across nearly 100 Android phones. Both the applications and their developer are no longer in the Play mobile App Store along with Android's ecosystem, as Google has thrown them out, while issued notification to those owning the targeted phones.


It turns out that finding malicious software which attacks just some hundred devices is a hard task for it needs sieving innumerable applications with the aid of application certificate comparison, machine learning, as well as other tools for examining total data related to huge volumes of mobile phones. In that way alone Google detected Lipizzan that the company described within one blog as well as presented with Lookout a company specializing in mobile security on July 26 2017 at the Las Vegas held Black Hat security conference. And all indications suggest the malware as creation of Equus Technologies a cyber-arms vendor. Wired.com posted this on the Web dated July 26, 2017.


Reportedly, upon installation of the software by the victim, Lipizzan's initial components pull down another component which monitors data and then steals it. This second component works solely when it finds the device reliable enough to let it do its desired thing.


During its second infection spree, Lipizzan's creators joined the second component to the initial clubbing the two into one. In spite of such modifications, Google was able in spotting and stopping the malware, stated Google's 3-member security group.


Researchers from Google detected Lipizzan whilst going after one other Android spyware known as Chrysaor during the early part of 2017. Similar as Lipizzan, Chrysaor too performed targeted cyber espionage. Google discovered the malware on some dozen Android mobiles.

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