Massive Stalkerware Exposes Tens of Thousands of Android Devices to Privacy Breach
A shocking discovery by Switzerland-based hacker maia arson crime has revealed that an Iranian stalker ware company named ‘virsys’ or ‘virsis’ has been spying on thousands of Android devices since 2016. This nefarious stalkerware, known as Spyhide, has been surreptitiously collecting real-time information, including contacts, messages, photos, call logs, recordings, and precise location data, and transmitting it to the Iranian software company.
TechCrunch, having gained access to Spyhide’s text-only database, has shed light on the extensive scale of these attacks, estimating that around 60,000 Android devices have fallen victim to this privacy invasion. The investigation found that over 100,000 location data points were uploaded from a single US-based device, with an additional 3,000 US devices contributing to the alarming data logs. Other targeted regions include central and eastern Europe, the UK, Brazil, and Indonesia, indicating the global reach of this malicious operation.