Hackers have spied high-ranking personalities via WhatsApp

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Experts from the interdisciplinary laboratory Citizen Lab have discovered a gang of cybercriminals who accessed via spyware transmitted on WhatsApp personal information of many users. Among them were high-ranking personalities, including the staff of the Dalai Lama’s office.

Hackers have transmitted spyware via WhatsApp to users to access their personal data, says a report published by experts from the interdisciplinary laboratory Citizen Lab. The cyber attack targeted both Android and iOS devices.

The members of this gang, nicknamed Poison Carp, made contact with each of the victims, communicated with them and sent a link. By clicking on it, users were actually downloading the Moonshine spyware.

This software gave hackers total control over the device by allowing them to extract data (messages, calls, contacts and location data ), access the microphone and camera, and install other malware.

The cybercriminals used eight known vulnerabilities on Android and one on iOS.

The hackers earned the trust of their partners posing as journalists or private organizations employees. Among their victims were high-ranking personalities, including the staff of the Dalai Lama’s office.

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