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Hermit Spyware

Hermit Spyware:

A cloud-based security company, has recently discovered a new spyware called “Hermit” that is capable of affecting both Android and iOS devices.

  • Hermit is a commercial spyware that is known to be used by governments with victims in Kazakhstan, Italy and northern Syria.
  • The spyware was first detected in Kazakhstan in April 2022 after the government violently suppressed protests against government policies.
  • Hermit is a modular spyware that hides its malicious capabilities in packages downloaded after it’s deployed.
  • These modules, along with the permissions the core apps have, enable Hermit to exploit a rooted device, record audio and make and redirect phone calls, as well as collect data such as call logs, contacts, photos, device location and SMS messages.
  • Hermit tricks users by serving up the legitimate webpages of the brands it impersonates as it kickstarts malicious activities in the background.