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  July 26, 2019 .
 
Mobile security firm Lookout has discovered a new set of sophisticated custom Android surveillanceware tools developed and distributed by a Russian-based company.

Dubbed Monokle, the malware is built by Special Technology Centre, Ltd, a Russian firm sanctioned by the U.S. Government in connection to interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

The tools were discovered last year and appear to be part of a targeted set of campaigns. They provide attackers with remote access Trojan (RAT) functionality, feature advanced data exfiltration techniques, and can install attacker-specified certificates on infected devices, to facilitate man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks.

STC, a private defense contractor in Russia, was sanctioned in 2016 as one of the three companies that provided material support to the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) for alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

STC is developing both offensive and defensive Android security software, including an Android antivirus solution, which Lookout’s security researchers were able to link to Monokle, a limited set of applications that are likely highly targeted. 

https://www.securityweek.com/researchers-discover-android-surveillance-malware-built-sanctioned-russian-firm  .


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