More government agencies added to list of hacking victims: Reports
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800 thousand Russians became victims of hackers
According to information security company Avast, over 800,000 Russian smartphone users have fallen victim to a malicious bot.
Employees of the Czech University UNCUYO found out that a virus called Geost has existed since 2016, operates on the android platform and is aimed exclusively at Russian consumers. Trojan infiltrated the systems of five banks located in the Russian Federation.
Infected devices can be remotely controlled by hackers and provide a ton of personal and billing information to the owner of the gadget. The virus was detected using a special proxy network HtBot, which was used by the cybercriminals. Due to the fact that the creators of Geost did not encrypt their messages well enough, specialists managed to reveal their scheme and even get acquainted with the correspondence..
«We’ve got an unprecedented insight into how these groups work. Since they failed to hide their actions, we were able to see not only malware samples, but also understand how hackers work.», – said Avast researcher Anna Shirokova.
It is not yet known how much money the hackers managed to steal. The identities of the attackers are also being clarified. It is known that the criminal group included 29 people.