Goontact – a new phone virus targeting Android, iPhone users mainly in Asia.

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The spyware can collect data such as phone IDs, contacts, SMS messages, photos and location information from affected victims. The spyware or malware strain with spying and surveillance capabilities was first detected by mobile security company Lookout. The target audience of these sites appears to be limited to Chinese-speaking countries, Korea and Japan for the time being, according to an online report.

Lookout, based on the language used for the server administration panels, assumes that the Goontact spyware is likely managed by Chinese-speaking threat actors. Data collected from spyware applications is sent back to online servers under the control of Goontact operators.

Goontact malware is distributed via a third party sites promote free instant messaging applications dedicated to access to escort services. The service did not find its way to Apple App Store or Google PlayStore. However, the report notes that users can download and load apps infected with Goontact.

The scam begins when a potential target is attracted to one of the sites where they are invited to connect with women. Once infiltrated on the user’s device, Goontact-infected applications steal victim’s personal information, including photos, SMS messages, contact lists, device IDs and phone numbers, and so on.

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