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Cyberscoop: Fake Coronavirus tracking application is spying on Libyans

A cybersecurity magazine, called Cyberscoop, has revealed that an application hacks the data and communications of the people who installed it, allowing remote control of their cameras and microphones, is used in Libya by one party of the war.

The magazine says the lack government control has given “hacking groups” working for one of the parties now at war in Libya the opportunity to fabricate a fake application attributed to Johns Hopkins University to supposedly monitor infections in the world and in Libya.

“In reality, this application hacks the data and communications of the people who installed it, and allows hackers to take remote control of their cameras and microphones, making it a formidable spy tool in a country where there is war.” The magazine adds.

It says the application has been discovered by the American cybersecurity company (Lookout), in mid-March in the Android store.

The spyware is called (SpyMax) and its users hide behind the IP addresses of a Libyan telephone operator.

“Compared to other malicious software that took advantage of the COVID-19 crisis, it is by far the most invasive and the most dangerous,” said Kristin del Rosso, security engineer at Lookout.

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