Your private messages, location, and other sensitive information may be targeted by an advanced Android malware called “SpyDealer”. The malware, which was discovered by cyber-security company Palo Alto Networks, extracts data from more than 40 apps, and it targets some of the most popular social apps and browsers. These include WeChat, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Line, Viber, QQ, Tango, Telegram, Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo, Android Native Browser, Firefox Browser, Oupeng Brower, QQ Mail, NetEase Mail, Taobao, and Baidu Net Disk.

To make the intrusion even scarier, aside from information such as accounts, messages, location, and contacts, SpyDealer can also record private calls, take photos and screenshots, and track the location of your phone.

The malware uses a commercial rooting app “Baidu Easy Root” to gain access to private information. According to Palo Alto Networks, it is still unknown how devices were initially infected with the malware, but there is evidence that suggests that users in China became infected through compromised wireless networks.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.