Security researchers have found a variant of the notorious surveillance software called Pegasus has been found targeting Android users, allowing third parties to take screenshots, capture audio, read email and exfiltrate data from targeted phones. The malware, called Chrysaor, was discovered through a joint effort between Google and the Lookout Security Intelligence team. Similar to Pegasus, Chrysaor is a highly sophisticated malware most likely used to carry out advanced espionage campaigns. As per the researchers, the spyware was likely created by NSO Group Technologies, a cyber arms-dealing firm based in Israel that is believed to be behind Pegasus. Pegasus for Android is an example of the common feature-set that can be seen from nation states and nation state-like groups. These groups produce advanced persistent threats for mobile with the specific goal of tracking a target not only in the physical world, but also the virtual world.
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